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Morton’s Neuroma

foot assessment for Morton’s Neuroma

Morton’s neuroma is a thickening of nerve tissue that commonly occurs between the third and fourth toes. The thickening of the nerve is the result of compression and irritation of the nerve against bony structures, which leads to inflammation and enlargement of the nerve. Wearing high heels and certain foot deformities such as bunions, hammertoes or flat feet, are at a higher risk for developing a neuroma.

Symptoms of Morton’s Neuroma may include pain, tingling, burning, numbness and a feeling of something inside the ball of the foot. The symptoms can vary between individuals, some may have regular and persistent pain and others may experience pain for a certain amount of time and then not again for a while.

At Mint Foot Care Podiatry, we diagnose this condition by taking a comprehensive history, try to reproduce symptoms by a physical examination, performing a biomechanical assessment and video gait analysis. The podiatrist may prescribe diagnostic imaging such as ultrasound and MRI.

Based on the findings a combination of treatment options may be prescribed including:

  • Footwear recommendations.
  • Custom orthotics.
  • Padding.
  • Local anesthetic injections.
  • Surgery may be recommended if pain persists with conservative care.

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