Pain, swelling, and a sensation of a rock in your shoe or a mass between your toes can all be signs of a Morton’s neuroma. Whether the discomfort is painful or simply annoying, the team at LA Foot and Ankle Care can help you. The practice has locations in Reseda and Glendale, California, so you can get care close to your home or work. To book an appointment, use the call the office today.
A Morton’s neuroma is a small bundle of nerve tissue that grows in between the base of your toes. It most often occurs between the third and fourth toe on one foot, though it’s possible to have multiple neuromas.
Morton’s neuromas develop due to trauma of the foot, repetitive irritation of the foot from activities like running, and forces that press the toes together.
Wearing tight-fitting shoes that squeeze your feet can predispose you to developing a neuroma. Some types of neuromas run in families.
Some common signs of Morton’s neuromas include:
Many people with Morton’s neuromas find that rest and massaging their feet make the pain go away. If you want treatment to get rid of the pain long-term, visit LA Foot and Ankle Care for treatment.
The team at LA Foot and Ankle Care diagnoses Morton’s neuromas by performing a thorough medical history, consultation, and physical exam.
During your visit, your doctor examines your foot, moving it through different motions and pressing on different areas to check for signs of pain, swelling, or discomfort.
In some cases, the team may take an X-ray of your foot to rule out other issues, like arthritis or bone fragments, that could cause similar symptoms.
The team offers both conservative and surgical solutions for Morton’s neuromas. If rest and massage aren’t enough to relieve your discomfort, LA Foot and Ankle Care offers injections and surgical removal of the neuroma.
The injection options to relieve pain include cortisone, an anti-inflammatory medication, and a sclerosing agent with alcohol that shrinks the neuroma.
For neuromas that don’t respond to these conservative options, your doctor can surgically remove the neuroma in a minor outpatient procedure.
After treatment, your doctor recommends appropriate lifestyle changes you can make to prevent a new neuroma from forming, including changing your footwear or incorporating special stretches and exercises to relieve pressure between your toes.
To discuss treatment for your Morton’s neuroma, call to schedule a consultation.