A neuroma is a nerve condition that causes thickening of the nerve tissue. A neuroma may occur anywhere on the body, including the foot. The podiatry team at Artisan Foot and Ankle Specialists in Mission Viejo and Laguna Hills, California, diagnoses and treats all types of foot and ankle conditions, including a neuroma. Call the experts at Artisan Foot and Ankle Specialists, or schedule a consultation online today.
A neuroma means you have a thickening of nerve tissue. The most common type of neuroma affecting the foot is known as Morton’s neuroma.
Morton's neuroma develops from irritation or compression of nerves that pass under the ligament and connect the toes to the foot. The irritation usually occurs between the third and fourth toes, causing the nerve tissue to thicken.
Wearing high-heeled shoes or shoes with a narrow toe box may cause pressure in the front part of your feet and create a thickened nerve. People with certain foot conditions, like bunions or hammertoes, may also be at risk of developing a neuroma.
Morton’s neuroma symptoms tend to start gradually and worsen over time. At first, you may only experience pain, tingling, or numbness that radiates into your toes. These symptoms may only occur when you wear tight shoes and go away when you take them off.
As your neuroma enlarges, your symptoms become more intense and may no longer go away. It may also feel like you have something stuck in your shoe.
If you have these symptoms, schedule an appointment with the podiatrists at Artisan Foot and Ankle Specialists. Early diagnosis and treatment of Morton's neuroma may prevent the need for surgical intervention.
The Artisan Foot and Ankle Specialists team conducts a thorough exam when you come in with concerns about Morton’s neuroma. Your podiatrist reviews your symptoms and medical history.
Your provider examines your feet and presses on the soft tissue on the bottom of your feet under your toes to find the thickened nerve. The pressing may cause pain and tingling, confirming that you have Morton’s neuroma.
Your podiatrist may request an X-ray of your foot to rule out other conditions that might explain your symptoms.
If they determine your foot pain is from a neuroma, your podiatrist talks to you about your condition and your treatment options.
Treatment for a neuroma depends on the severity of your symptoms and how it affects your mobility. However, when possible, the team at Artisan Foot and Ankle Specialists takes a conservative approach.
If your neuroma causes mild to moderate symptoms, the team may recommend:
If conservative care fails to ease your neuroma symptoms, the team may talk to you about surgery to remove the thickened nerve.
Schedule your neuroma evaluation by calling Artisan Foot and Ankle Specialists or booking an appointment online today.