Morton’s Neuroma: Symptoms and Causes

Morton’s neuroma is a benign but painful condition that affects the ball of the foot. It’s also called an intermetatarsal neuroma because it’s located in the ball of the foot between your metatarsal bones. It occurs when the tissue around a nerve that leads to a toe, thickens from irritation or compression. It most often occurs between the third and fourth toes, but can also occur between the second and third toes.

What is the Cause of Morton’s Neuroma?

Many women who wear high-heeled shoes tend to experience this condition. In fact many middle-aged women tend to experience this condition more than others, probably due to a long time wearing high-heeled shoes. According to Mayo Clinic, you know you are experiencing Morton’s neuroma when you feel as if there is a small stone in your shoes, a burning sensation in the ball of your foot that is felt in your toes as well, or tingling and numbness in your toes.

Treatment plans for Morton’s neuroma!

Thankfully, Morton’s neuroma can be treated to a full recovery! Yes, that’s right; we, at Put Your Feet First, can help you implement remedies to prevent this from occurring and treat it effectively if it should pop up. Dr. Mark Forman, a leading Scottsdale foot and ankle specialist, offers many home remedies that you can implement now. Some examples include:
  • Resting your foot.
  • Massaging the affected areas.
  • Icing the area 15 minutes at a time.
  • Using arch supports or padding to remove extra pressure on the affected area.
Sometimes home remedies are not enough to nip this pain in the bud. Therefore, Dr. Forman, DPM, M.B.A., F.A.P.W.C.A and his team at Put Your Feet First offer conservative solutions in their Scottsdale office to help put this pain to rest such as injections of cortisone or sclerosing alcohol. Other solutions that can also be used to expedite the healing process include customized orthotics, Platelet-rich plasma injections, and MLS Laser treatment.

Platelet-rich plasma (PRP)

Studies have shown that PRP can increase your recovery faster than traditional remedies. PRP simply uses your own blood. Dr. Forman draws your blood and spins it to collect all your healthy platelets. These platelets are then injected back into the affected area. It decreases inflammation/swelling and allows for new cell growth to occur to help you feel better faster.
Dr. Forman and his excellent staff at Put Your Feet First, can perform this procedure in their Scottsdale office. Just like cortisone shots (but much more effective), you won’t experience any pre/post procedural recovery. Of course, Dr. Forman suggests continuation in icing and resting, but your recovery process will take much less time. To learn more about this procedure and/or see if you are a candidate, please call our office at 480.423.8400 or visit us online to schedule an appointment.

MLS Laser treatment

MLS Laser is FDA-cleared and has proven to help patients heal quickly and effectively without pre/post preparation or pain. MLS Laser is a simple method that uses the laser light to penetrate the affected area all the way to the cellular level. It reduces inflammation by deadening injured cells and tissues while stimulating new growth of both. The number of sessions is dependent on the severity of the injury. This method is easily done in our Scottsdale office at Put Your Feet First.

Ways to Avoid Morton’s Neuroma

To avoid this terrible nuisance, there are a few things you can do. Dr. Forman suggests:
  • Avoid high-heeled shoes for long periods of time.
  • Wear shoes that allow your toes enough room to wiggle around.
  • Wear active shoes that are embedded with padding and extra cushion around the balls of your feet.
We are here to help you feel better quickly and painlessly. Let us help you. Call us today so we can schedule you for a consultation to discuss your injury with our leading foot and ankle specialist, Dr. Mark Forman, DPM. Dr. Forman will give you straight feedback on the best approach to help you get back on your feet. Please reach us at 480.423.8400 or visit our website to schedule an appointment with Dr. Forman.
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