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What is Morton’s Neuroma?

Monday, August 24, 2020 admin

A neuroma is the thickening of a nerve, and Morton’s neuroma

particularly involves the thickening of the nerve between the third and fourth toe. This nerve, which is normally 2mm wide, can grow up to 15mm in size and can be easily irritated by the bones surrounding it. Common symptoms
of Morton’s neuroma include a sharp stabbing and or shooting pain, a burning or tingling sensation, or numbness in the toes.
Treatments of this ailment can
include orthotics, adding padding to the foot or shoes worn to decrease pressure and irritation,
or injections of local corticosteroids to reduce the inflammation. These conservative methods have a high success rate however, if the neuroma is not treated and continues to grow and cause more severe pain, surgery may be necessary. If you are experiencing pain in your toes or the ball of your foot, it is important to visit a podiatrist for a proper diagnosis and correct treatment.

Morton’s neuroma is a very uncomfortable condition to live with. If you think you have Morton’s neuroma, contact Dr. Kenneth Donovan of

Advanced Care Foot and Ankle. Our doctor 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 Warren, Livingston, and Toms River, NJ. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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