Morton's Neuroma Conveniently located to serve Artesia, Rancho Cucamonga and Reseda
Patients who feel a mass in their foot whenever they stand, accompanied by a burning, sharp pain, might be suffering from Morton’s Neuroma. Fortunately, this can be addressed via various corrective methods. To learn more about getting treatment for Morton’s Neuroma in Artesia, contact My Foot Clinic.
What Is Morton’s Neuroma?
The nerves that supply the sensation to the smaller toes originate on the bottom of the foot. They travel between the bones of the foot and at the head of the metatarsal the nerve will divide into 2 nerves, one going to the adjacent 2 toes. A ligament crosses between and attached to the metatarsal heads and perpendicular to the nerve. When there is an over use injury or injury to the nerve, the nerve can become swollen. This will lead to patients describing numbness, burning, tingling or shooting pains in the toes. There can be a feeling of walking on a pebble or a rock on the ball of the foot. This then causes pain and discomfort. A Morton’s neuroma is classically described and most often affects the nerve that supplies sensation to the 3rd and 4th toes. Yet, it can occur at the nerve between any of the toes.
Diagnosing Morton’s Neuroma
Patients who feel that they may be suffering from Morton’s Neuroma must schedule a consultation to have the issue checked and diagnosed. This is necessary to determine if the patient is suffering from this specific condition or if there is another cause.
Aside from patients describing the symptoms that typically accompany Morton’s Neuroma, x-rays, ultrasound, MRI and NCV can be used to make the diagnosis as well. Once the results of the diagnosis confirm the presence of the problem, treatment options can then be discussed.
Treating Morton’s Neuroma
Methods for treating Morton’s Neuroma can range from non-invasive to surgical, depending on the severity of the issue. Conservative therapy includes: orthotics, padding, injection (cortisone), shoe modification. These measures should be tried first before having surgery.
If surgery is needed there are several options. Most surgeries have a fast recovery period. The most non-invasive procedure is a Neuolysis (to free the nerve), this requires a small incision and cutting the ligament that is putting pressure on the nerve. There are other surgeries that include basically killing the nerve, this can be done by cryotherapy (freezing nerve) or excision of the nerve (cutting the nerve).
Morton’s Neuroma Treatment Aftercare
Non-invasive treatments for Morton’s Neuroma typically don’t involve recovery periods, since patients only have to adjust to the recommended changes.
For surgical treatment options, patients can expect soreness and mild discomfort during recovery. Patients will also be advised to avoid putting any pressure on the affected areas while recovering.
Get in Touch to Learn More
Patients who want to learn more about Morton’s Neuroma in Reseda can reach out to My Foot Clinic. Schedule a consultation with us for a diagnosis and a recommended course of action.