Treating Morton’s Neuroma in Waxahachie, Corsicana & Ennis, TX
Do You Have Morton’s Neuroma?
Do you have pain in the ball of your foot when walking? Don’t let foot pain slow you down. The podiatrists at the Family Foot & Ankle Centers are experts in the treatment of Morton’s neuroma. We are here to help. With 3 convenient locations in Waxahachie, Ennis, and Corsicana, relief is just a phone call away.
What Is a Neuroma?
A neuroma (often referred to as a Morton’s neuroma) is a thickening of the nerve in the ball of the foot. This thickened nerve is most commonly located between the 3rd and 4th toes, although it can occur anywhere in the ball of the foot. The enlarged nerve becomes compressed between the bones of the forefoot and can lead to severe pain. Although considered a benign condition, if a neuroma is left untreated, it can lead to permanent damage of the nerve.
What are the symptoms?
If you have a Morton’s neuroma, the symptoms can vary from person to person. Below are the most common symptoms that present to Family Foot & Ankle Centers:
- Pain under the ball of the foot when walking or in tight shoes.
- The feeling of walking on something under the forefoot. Many patients will relate this sensation to feeling like a sock is wadded up under the ball of the foot.
- Pain that extends into the 2nd, 3rd, or 4th toes.
- Numbness, tingling, burning or cramping sensation in the toes or ball of the foot.
- Symptoms may improve with rest and return with activity.
What Causes a Neuroma In Your Foot?
Morton’s neuroma has multiple possible causes. The most common cause we see at Family Foot & Ankle Centers is incorrect fitting shoes. A shoe that is too tight doesn’t allow the bones in the forefoot to spread out. This leads to the bones rubbing against the nerves and causing them to become enlarged and thickened. This results in pain.
Any situation that causes the bones to rub against the nerves can lead to this problem. People with foot deformities such as flat feet, bunions, and hammertoes are more prone to develop this painful condition.
Your podiatrists at Family Foot & Ankle Centers are experts at treating Morton’s neuroma. We will use on-site advanced diagnostic imaging to look into your foot and we will develop a treatment plan specifically for you. Below are some treatment options:
- Shoe change- It is important to wear a shoe with a wider toe box and soft leather to allow the forefoot to expand when walking. Barefoot walking and high heels should be avoided at all times.
- Custom orthotics- Prescription orthotics can be very helpful in supporting the foot and offloading the affected nerve.
- Padding- Adding a metatarsal pad to your foot or shoe can help offload the enlarged nerve and provide pain relief.
- Medications-Prescription medications such as oral steroids or NSAID can help reduce pain and inflammation.
- Ice- Icing the forefoot for 20 minutes every 2 hours can help shrink the thickened nerve and allow for temporary relief of pain.
- Steroid injection- Although this sounds painful, it really isn’t. This can be extremely effective in both pain relief and to shrink the enlarged nerve.
Is Neuroma Surgery Successful?
As always, surgery for a Morton’s neuroma is always the last option. For patients that do not respond to conservative treatments, surgery may be recommended by the foot specialists at Family Foot & Ankle Centers. The procedure is individualized to the patient’s needs and usually involves removing the enlarged, painful portion of the nerve. This is an extremely efficient and successful treatment for this painful condition.
Learn More About Treatment Options for Neuromas in Waxahachie, Corsicana & Ennis, TX Today!
To find out if your foot pain is caused by a neuroma, schedule an appointment today by calling us at 972-597-4132 or by clicking here to use our convenient online form. During your appointment, our team will be happy to answer all your questions about our treatments, our office, our flexible payment options, and anything else you may want to know about us! Call today – we can’t wait to help you live your life pain-free!
As one of the premier podiatry centers in Waxahachie, TX, our doctors and team at Family Foot & Ankle Centers also provide 5-star podiatry care to patients from Corsicana, Ennis & Mexia, TX, and surrounding areas.