Even though it carries the same name as a popular brand of salt, this Brandon Podiatrist is talking about Morton’s Neuroma. The thickening of the nerve that defines a neuroma is the result of compression and inflammation of the nerve. This compression produces enlargement of the nerve, eventually causing long-term nerve damage.
What Is a Neuroma?
A neuroma is a thickening of nerve tissue that may occur in various parts of the body. The most common neuroma in the foot is a Morton’s neuroma, which happens in between the 3rd and fourth toes. Additionally, it is often referred to as an intermetatarsal neuroma. Intermetatarsal explains its place in the ball of the foot between the metatarsal bones. However, neuromas may also happen in other locations in the foot.
Anything that triggers compression or irritation of the nerve can result in the advancement of a neuroma. Therefore, one of the most typical culprits is wearing shoes that have a tapered toe box or high-heeled shoes that trigger the toes to be forced into the toe box. Likewise, individuals with specific foot deformities– bunions, hammertoes, flatfeet or more flexible feet– are at greater danger for developing a neuroma. Other potential causes are activities that include repeated irritation to the ball of the foot, such as running or court sports. An injury or other type of injury to the area may also cause a neuroma.
If you have a Morton’s neuroma, you might have several of these signs where the nerve damage is happening:
- Tingling, burning or pins and needles
- A sensation that something is inside the ball of the foot
- A sensation that there is something in the shoe or a sock is bunched up
The progression of a Morton’s neuroma typically follows this pattern:
- The signs start gradually. In the beginning, they happen just occasionally when using narrow-toed shoes or performing certain irritating activities.
- The signs might go away temporarily by eliminating the shoe, rubbing the foot or avoiding irritating shoes or activities.
- Gradually, the signs gradually intensify and might persist for numerous days or weeks.
- The signs end up being more extreme as the neuroma enlarges. Therefore the momentary modifications in the nerve ended up being permanent.
Before he reaches a medical diagnosis, Dr. Manohar will obtain an extensive history of your signs and examine your foot. During the physical examination, he tries to replicate your signs by moving your foot. Other tests or imaging research studies may be carried out.
The best time to Dr. Manohar is early in the development of symptoms. Early medical diagnosis of a Morton’s neuroma greatly lessens the need for more invasive treatments and might assist you avoid surgical treatment.
In developing a treatment plan, Dr. Manohar will initially identify how long you have had the neuroma and will evaluate its phase of advancement. However, treatment methods differ according to the severity of the problem.
For mild to moderate neuromas, treatment options might consist of:
- Cushioning. Padding strategies offer assistance for the metatarsal arch, therefore decreasing the pressure on the nerve and decreasing the compression when walking.
- Icing. Placing an icepack on the affected area helps in reducing swelling.
- Orthotic gadgets. Customized orthotic gadgets provided by the Gentle Foot Care Clinic provide the assistance needed to reduce pressure and compression on the nerve.
- Activity adjustments. Activities that put recurring pressure on the neuroma need to be avoided up until the condition enhances.
- Shoe modifications. Wear shoes with a wide toe box and prevent narrow-toed shoes or shoes with high heels.
- Medications. Oral nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), such as ibuprofen, might be advised to minimize pain and swelling.
- Injection treatment. Treatment may consist of injections of cortisone, anesthetics or other agents.
Brandon Podiatrist Rajnish Manohar has the answer
In conclusion, Rajnish Manohar has decades of experience in the podiatry game. He wants you to be able to walk, run, climb, and play without any foot pain. However, if you suspect you might have Morton’s Neuroma or a foot pain that you can’t easily explain, please stop by his Brandon Podiatrist office. Please call us for an appointment today at (813) 502-5904. Another way to get in touch via email is by using our scheduling form.
Dr. Manohar has been in private practice as a Podiatrist in Zephyrhills since 2001, treating Foot and Ankle Pain including Diabetic Foot Pain and Neuropathy, as well as, providing routine Diabetic Foot Care.
Dr. Manohar is board certified by the American Board of medical specialties in Podiatric Medicine. He is a member of the American Academy of Podiatric Sports Medicine. Dr. Manohar resides in Temple Terrace, Florida.
Dr. Manohar specializes in treating foot and ankle pain, Plantar Fasciitis and Heel spurs, Neuromas, Peripheral Neuropathy, Ingrown toenails, Non healing wounds, corns, calluses, Warts, Cysts, Toenail fungus.