Morton’s Neuroma Treatment
A sharp “burning” type pain, usually around the ball of the foot may very likely be a Morton’s neuroma. This is a swelling of the nerve(s) that run between the metatarsal bones in your foot (at the bases of the toes) with accompanied inflammation.
The most commonly affected area is between the 3rd and 4th toes but it may occur in any of them. It is usually caused by pressure and friction from these bones on the nerve causing it to become inflamed and one may also experience numbness or tingling into the toes corresponding with the affected area. Symptoms usually get worse with increased activity.
Predisposing factors are tight footwear (compressing the forefoot together), biomechanical anomalies (such as hypermobility causing the bones in the foot to move around too much), certain activities, etc.
A Podiatrist can usually diagnose Morton’s Neuroma on a clinical basis, but sometimes an ultrasound scan is required to determine the size and position of the neuroma. Treatment may include modifications or additions to footwear or orthotics to correct any biomechanical anomalies, rest, anti-inflammatory medications, changes of footwear and in very severe cases you may be referred for an ultrasound guided cortisone injection. Surgery is also an option but this is considered only as a last resort.
If you’re living or working in Balcatta, Stirling, Gwellup, Balga and Hamersley see one of the Podiatrists at Balcatta Podiatry to get relief from a morton’s neuroma.