Morton's Neuroma Signs and Symptoms

The plantar nerves.illustration
My foot problems really hamper my ability to do cardio exercise thus negating a strong ally in my weight loss efforts. 

In research what is causing my foot pain I learned about Morton's Neuroma a potential culprit. 

I suspect that many of us over 50 have a variety of foot pain issues to deal with particularly those like me who have had jobs doing lots of standing.

My doctor is setting up an appointment with a podiatrist in the couple of months and hopefully we will get to the heart of the matter. It would be nice to start walking my dogs again not to mention the benefits of increased cardio exercise impacting my weight loss and fitness efforts.

For those of you who suffer from foot problems here is an article explaining Morton's Neuroma a potential culprit.

Take care and be well.
Tommy Douglas

Morton's Neuroma - Overview and Symptoms

By David L Greene

A neuroma is the development of a benign tumor of a nerve, while Morton's neuroma is slightly different in nature. Morton' s neuroma is not actually a tumor, but rather a thickening of the tissue that surrounds the digital nerve that leads to the toes. Patients who report a sensation that they are walking on a marble and have persistent pain in the ball of their foot may have this condition.

Morton's neuroma most commonly develops between the third and fourth toes. The condition occurs as the nerve passes under the ligament that connects the toe bones or metatarsals in the forefoot. The condition is more common in women than in men, occurring eight to ten times more often in women than in men.

Morton's Neuroma - Symptoms

In many cases there are no outward physical signs of the condition, because it is really not a tumor. Since there is not a tumor, a lump may not develop and often does not occur. 

The most common symptoms of Morton's neuroma include:

  • Burning pain within the ball of the foot that may radiate into the toes 
  • Pain in the foot that intensifies with activity or the wearing of shoes 
  • Although rare, night time pain may occur 
  • Numbness in the toes 
  • Unpleasant sensations in the toes 

Runners and active individuals who perform exercise on a routine basis often report the feeling of pain as they push off from a starting block or even the ground before taking a stride. High-heeled shoe wearers may also experience an aggravation to the condition as pressure is placed on the area of condition development. Tight and narrow shoes contribute to symptoms because the compressing of the toe bones and nerve being pinched aggravates the condition.

Simply changing the type of footwear typically worn or alleviating activities that contribute to pain and discomfort may relieve symptoms. Your doctor will be able to discuss the changes you can make at home to help eliminate flare-ups and symptoms from occurring.

Morton's Neuroma Treatment Options

Treatment options vary depending on the severity of the case. 
Nonsurgical treatments can be as simple as wearing wider shoes, implementing custom shoe inserts or pads, or taking medication designed to reduce inflammation. Nearly 80 percent of people who receive conservative treatment for Morton's neuroma experience relief. 
However, when conservative treatment fails, surgical options may be available. Your doctor may discuss surgical treatment options with you, when all other forms of treatment do not provide the kind of relief you want.

Valley Foot Surgeons serves the Phoenix and Scottsdale Arizona metropolitan area with experienced and modern laser foot fungus treatment.

The practice has an Award Winning podiatrist Phoenix with decades of experience. Call (480) 994-5977 to make appointments.

David L Greene


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