Shoes are an essential item in anybody’s wardrobe. And not being able to wear shoes because it becomes painful or uncomfortable can be more than a nuisance for both men and women. Morton’s Neuroma causes numbness, pain and a burning sensation in the ball of the foot. Pain can become so intense that wearing shoes becomes impossible.
Morton’s neuroma occurs when fibrous tissue develops around the nerve usually between the third and fourth toes. Nerves become irritated and compressed causing severe pain that can be felt at the base of the toes and at the ball of the foot.
Morton’s neuroma can develop on one of both feet. It starts as a mild tingling sensation in the space between your toes that steadily intensifies. A sharp or burning pain could be felt on the ball of your foot or the base of your toes especially when walking or wearing closed shoes. If you notice pain during walking or wearing shoes, consult a podiatrist. The doctors at Long Island Foot and Ankle Group are podiatrists who specialize in foot care and treating foot disorders.
What Can Cause Morton’s Neuroma?
Pain in Morton’s neuroma happens when nerves located in the toes are compressed or irritated. The exact conditions that triggers the development of tissues that causes compression in the nerves is yet to be found. However, some studies suggest a connection between other foot disorders such as flat feet, bunions and hammertoes and the development of Morton’s neuroma.
Women have a higher chance of developing this condition compared to men. This can be caused by wearing tight-fitting, high-heeled shoes. The feet is responsible for supporting our weight. This pressure is evenly distributed over the feet structures. Wearing high-heels affects weight distribution. As a result, greater pressure is place over the top of the feet or toe area. This causes nerve compression in the toes hence, pain.
Treating Morton’s Neuroma
A podiatrist may advise the use of special footwear to reduce compression on the toes. Pain and anti-inflammatory medications can also be prescribed for pain relief. These medications could also be injected directly to immediately relive pain and inflammation. Surgical intervention may be required for severe cases of Morton’s neuroma.
At Long Island Foot and Ankle Group with offices located in Valley Stream and Lake Success, we specialize in helping people with Morton’s neuroma. To schedule an appointment phone Valley Stream (516) 825-4070 or Lake Success (516) 327-0074.