Have you ever experienced pain and discomfort on the ball of your foot and in between your toes? If it sometimes feels like you are walking with a pebble in your shoe or if it feels like your sock is bunched up, but it is not, that could be from Morton’s neuroma. This is a condition where a nerve in the ball of your foot gets thick and swollen.
Morton’s neuroma occurs when the toes are squeezed together for long periods of time and on a regular basis. Wearing shoes that crowd your toes is usually the culprit behind the condition. The result is sharp pains, burning, tingling, or numbness in the ball of your foot and toes, usually between the third and fourth toes. This discomfort tends to feel worse the more you are on your feet throughout the day. If you are concerned that you might have this condition, call us at 561-793-6170 today to schedule a consultation with one of our experienced podiatrists at any one of our six locations, including Belle Glade or click here to request an appointment online.
What is Morton's Neuroma?
Morton’s neuroma is a condition where the nerve in the ball of your foot has become thick and swollen. Pain, burning, tingling, or numbness that radiates from the ball of your foot into your toes characterizes the condition. It can be caused by long-term use of shoes that are too tight or too narrow, or from wearing high-heeled shoes.
Symptoms of Morton's Neuroma
Morton’s neuroma presents itself as a pain, burning, or tingling in the ball of the foot and up through the toes. Many patients complain of localized pain along the nerve that runs in between the third and fourth toes. . It often feels very uncomfortable, like something is in your shoe. It can also feel like a lump in the ball of your foot. Pain usually worsens when you walk and gets increasingly worse the longer you are on your feet, especially if you are wearing tight or high-heeled shoes.
Treatments for Morton's Neuroma
Morton’s neuroma usually dissipates if you rest your feet for a day or two and change to more comfortable and roomy shoes. Massage and icing the affected area often can aide in relief. If the pain or discomfort continues, then special shoe pads to relieve the pressure when walking might be prescribed. Anti-inflammatory pain medication can help relieve the pain as well.
Diagnosing Morton's Neuroma
What should you expect when visiting the South Florida Foot & Ankle Centers for Morton’s neuroma treatment? There can be a bit of apprehension when visiting a podiatrist in order to find out what is causing your foot pain or discomfort. The South Florida Foot and Ankle Centers doctors’ first priority is to address your area of concern and make you feel comfortable. Our doctors can usually diagnose Morton’s neuroma with a simple foot examination. In some cases, they may order an x-ray to ensure that there is not another source for the pain and discomfort you are feeling. All of our doctors have specialized training and have a great deal of clinical experience so they are able to give you all of the information that you need to help you make an informed decision, understand the options, and be a part of the treatment plan.
Your Next Steps
The podiatrists at South Florida Foot & Ankle Centers have a lot of experience and are very knowledgeable when it comes to evaluating, diagnosing patients and providing treatment to relieve your pain. Your comfort and a good experience at our offices are our top priority.
Don’t live with foot pain or ankle pain another day! Our Belle Glade podiatrists and podiatrists at our other South Florida locations are very experienced in diagnosing and treating Morton’s neuroma. We accept all major insurance providers. Call 561-793-6170 to schedule an appointment or request an appointment time online.