Neuromas are painful, thickened segments of nerve caused either by trauma or repetitive nerve irritation.
Morton’s Neuromas are commonly found in the ball of the foot between the metatarsal bones. Symptoms include burning, cramping, and tingling often with radiation into the toes. The pain usually intensifies with enclosed shoes. Morton’s Neuromas result from a chronic entrapment irritation to the nerve and its covering, typically a result of the biomechanics of the foot.
Treatment should begin by checking your shoes for adequate room and support. If this fails, we suggest you see one of our doctors for an evaluation. Examinations usually include ultrasound to assess the size of the neuroma and the degree of injury. After that, treatment may involve molded arch supports and injection therapy. Should symptoms persist, an option to consider is a minor microsurgical procedure performed through an endoscope to release the nerve entrapment. Only if all else fails do we consider removing the nerve. The earlier treatment is initiated, the better the outcome.