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Morton's Neuroma

Arizona Foot & Ankle Specialists

Podiatric Medicine and Surgery located in Goodyear, AZ

Feeling like there’s a pebble beneath your foot or a fold in your sock may be a sign of Morton’s neuroma. Podiatrist Samuel W. Cox Jr., DPM, diagnoses and treats neuromas at Arizona Foot & Ankle Specialists, LLC in Goodyear, Arizona. If you think you have a neuroma, call or book an appointment online today for prompt treatment.

Mortons Neuroma Q & A

What is Morton’s neuroma?

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A neuroma involves thickening of the tissue surrounding a nerve. Neuromas can develop in various parts of your body, but the most common type to affect the foot is Morton’s neuroma. Sometimes called intermetatarsal neuroma, this condition affects the nerve located between your third and fourth toes. 

What are the symptoms of Morton’s neuroma?

Usually, Morton’s neuroma doesn’t cause any visible signs, such as a lump. You may experience one or more of the following symptoms:

  • Burning pain in the ball of the foot
  • Numbness or tingling in the toes
  • Feeling like you’re standing on a pebble

Neuroma symptoms are typically mild at first and progressively worsen over time. Without treatment, symptoms grow more intense, and changes in the nerve may become permanent.   

What causes Morton’s neuroma?

Anything that causes the nerve to become irritated or compressed can lead to Morton’s neuroma. Certain factors may increase your risk for developing a neuroma, including:

  • Wearing high heels or tight shoes that squeeze your toes
  • Participating in high-impact activities, such as running
  • Foot deformities, such as a bunion or hammertoe
  • Having high arches or flat feet

Women are about 8-10 times more likely to get Morton’s neuroma than men. This may be because women are more likely to wear narrow, high-heeled shoes.

How is Morton’s neuroma diagnosed and treated?

First, your provider at Arizona Foot & Ankle Specialists reviews your symptoms and medical history. They carefully examine your foot and may press on it to check for swelling or tenderness. They may take an X-ray to rule out other possible causes of foot pain, such as a stress fracture. 

Then, your provider recommends the best treatment for your needs. Depending on the severity of your symptoms, treatment for Morton’s neuroma may include:

  • Custom orthotics, such as arch supports or foot pads
  • Changing to low-heeled shoes with a roomier toe box
  • Corticosteroid injections

If your foot pain persists despite conservative treatments, surgery may be necessary. Dr. Cox is a highly experienced foot and ankle surgeon at Arizona Foot & Ankle Specialists.

You shouldn’t ignore any type of foot pain that persists longer than a few days, or especially if it worsens. Call Arizona Foot & Ankle Specialists or book an appointment online today.