Morton's Neuroma Treatment in Rio Grande City, TX
About Mortons neuroma
Morton’s neuroma is a painful condition that affects the ball of your foot. Even though it is called “neuroma”, this condition does not involve a tumor or growth. Instead, it is caused by nerves between bones in the toes becoming swollen and inflamed. This can lead to discomfort and numbness in the affected area.
- Sharp burning pain in the ball of the foot that may radiate to the toes
- The feeling of standing on a pebble under the ball of the foot
- Tingling or numbness in your foot
- Swelling between the toes
Women are more likely to experience Morton’s neuroma than men.
- Wearing shoes that put pressure on the toes and forefoot (such as high heel shoes and shoes with narrow toe boxes)
- Playing sports that put pressure on the forefoot (such as running) or activities that feature narrow footwear (such as rock climbing, dancing, or skiing)
- Foot deformities (such as bunions, hammertoe, flat feet, or high arches)
While most cases of Morton’s neuroma can be treated with self-care remedies and lifestyle changes, it is recommended that you seek medical attention if you experience any foot pain that lasts for more than a few days. This can help prevent complications and further injury to your foot or lower body.
Below is a list of common treatment options for Morton’s neuroma. During your appointment, discuss these with your doctor to determine the right treatment plan for you.
Your doctor may recommend arch-supporting or footpad orthotics to be worn in your shoes to relieve pain caused by Morton’s neuroma. These are widely available over the counter. Talk to your doctor about the best type of orthotic insert/ device for your foot and condition. If over-the-counter options do not adequately treat the pain, your doctor may recommend custom-fitted pads that fit your specific foot shape.
In addition to orthotic devices, there are several self-care strategies you can use at home to relieve pain and reduce further injury caused by Morton’s neuroma. These methods include:
- Take an NSAID: Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs such as ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin) or naproxen sodium (Aleve) can relieve pain and reduce inflammation caused by Morton’s neuroma.
- Change your shoes: High heel shoes or shoes with little to no arch support can cause Morton’s neuroma, or make the condition worse. Switch to shoes with wide toe boxes and plenty of support to relieve symptoms of the condition, and prevent further injury.
- Ice: Apply an ice pack to your toes to relieve pain and reduce inflammation caused by Morton’s neuroma.
- Rest: Take a break from activities that may further aggravate the condition - such as jogging - to prevent further irritation of the nerves between the toes.
If conservative treatments - such as self-care strategies and orthotics - do not adequately treat the condition, your doctor may recommend an injection of steroidal medication into the affected area to reduce inflammation.
If pain persists, surgery may be needed to either remove the nerve or surrounding ligaments to relieve pressure from that area of the foot. This can cause lasting side effects, such as numbness in the toes, so surgery is usually used as a last resort treatment.