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What Is Morton’s Neuroma?

Morton's neuroma is a painful condition affecting the ball of the foot, commonly between the third and fourth toes. It occurs when the tissue surrounding a nerve thickens, leading to compression and irritation. High-heeled shoes, tight footwear, repetitive stress, and foot deformities can contribute to its development. Conservative approaches include wearing supportive shoes, using custom-made orthotic inserts, and avoiding activities that exacerbate symptoms. In some cases, corticosteroid injections may provide relief by reducing inflammation and pain. However, if conservative methods fail, surgical removal of the neuroma may be necessary. The outlook for Morton's neuroma is generally positive with appropriate treatment, although recovery times may vary. Prevention strategies involve wearing properly fitted shoes with adequate toe room, maintaining a healthy weight to reduce pressure on the feet, and avoiding activities that put excessive strain on the forefoot. If you have Morton’s neuroma, it is suggested that you see a podiatrist for an accurate diagnosis and tailored treatment.

Morton’s neuroma is a very uncomfortable condition to live with. If you think you have Morton’s neuroma, contact Dr. John R. Northrup of Superior Foot, Ankle & Wound Care. Our doctors will attend to all of your foot care needs and answer any of your related questions.  

Morton’s Neuroma

Morton's neuroma is a painful foot condition that commonly affects the areas between the second and third or third and fourth toe, although other areas of the foot are also susceptible. Morton’s neuroma is caused by an inflamed nerve in the foot that is being squeezed and aggravated by surrounding bones.

What Increases the Chances of Having Morton’s Neuroma?

  • Ill-fitting high heels or shoes that add pressure to the toe or foot
  • Jogging, running or any sport that involves constant impact to the foot
  • Flat feet, bunions, and any other foot deformities

Morton’s neuroma is a very treatable condition. Orthotics and shoe inserts can often be used to alleviate the pain on the forefront of the feet. In more severe cases, corticosteroids can also be prescribed. In order to figure out the best treatment for your neuroma, it’s recommended to seek the care of a podiatrist who can diagnose your condition and provide different treatment options.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of our offices located in St. Augustine, and Palm Coast, FL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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