A neuroma is a condensing of nerve tissue in different parts of the body. In the foot, they typically develop at the base of the third and fourth toes. Today Dr. Joel Segalman, Dr. Stephen Lazaroff, and Dr. Brittany Ciaramello at Performance Foot & Ankle Specialists, LLC in New Haven County, and Fairfield County are sharing information regarding this condition, known as Morton’s Neuroma.
Typically, there are no visible physical indications of Morton's neuroma, such as a knot or a lump; symptoms may instead include:
A burning or aching pain centered in the ball of the foot
Cramping, numbness, or tingling in the forefoot or toes
Feeling like you're standing on a pebble
While the precise cause of Morton's neuroma is unknown, they tend to develop in response to irritation, injury, or pressure to one of the nerves that leads to the toes. Patients with foot deformities such as hammertoes, flat feet, and bunions have a greater chance of developing a neuroma.
Because wearing narrow-toed or high-heels shoes can increase pressure on the toes, women are more at risk for this condition. Another possible cause is engaging in activities that involve recurring irritation to the ball of the foot, such as running.
This condition can make performing normal activities and walking painful and difficult. Treatment options depend on the severity of the neuroma. Identifying it in its earliest development stage is crucial to prevent the need for more invasive treatment options or surgical modification.
When left untreated, neuromas tend to get worse, so it's always best to visit your podiatrist as soon the pain begins.
Early treatments designed to reduce or relieve pressure may include:
Wearing wide-toed shoes
Using padding or shoe inserts to provide to support the arch
Anti-inflammatory medications to diminish pain and inflammation
Icing to reduce swelling
Rest to alleviate pressure on the neuroma
In the most severe cases, they recommend surgery for those who do not respond favorably to more conservative treatments.
We can help you determine the best approach for your specific condition. If you are experiencing issues with your feet - contact the offices of Dr. Joel Segalman, Dr. Stephen Lazaroff, and Dr. Brittany Ciaramello at Performance Foot & Ankle Specialists, LLC in New Haven County and Fairfield County today to schedule a consultation. You can reach our Waterbury office at (203) 755-0489 or our Newtown office, (203) 270-6724.