A neuroma is a nerve tumor. Morton’s neuroma is tissue swelling around nerves in the ball of the foot that interferes with their proper function. The irritated nerves can cause pain, numbness, and tingling sensations. Morton’s neuroma can mimic other conditions such as a fracture, arthritis, and bursitis. Consequently, a neuroma can be difficult to trace without your foot specialist’s help.
A physical exam and confirmed imaging study like an MRI may detect a neuroma diagnosis.
Treatments for Morton’s neuroma may include one or more of the following:
- Arch supports and other custom orthotics—Making sure your arches are properly supported is essential for decreasing pressure on the nerves in the ball of the foot. Other orthotic inserts can help isolate the affected area so the nerves can heal properly.
- Steroid injections—These medications are injected into the ball of the foot and may be effective at eliminating pain right away. Several applications over several weeks or months may be necessary.
- Surgical removal—In severe cases, surgery may be necessary to release the nerve. There may be some loss of feeling, but the annoying tingling and pain will be eliminated.
If you have pain in the ball of your foot, then you may be suffering from a foot neuroma that needs to be treated by your foot doctor. At Your Next Step, our team of board-certified podiatrists has access to advanced technologies, along with years of experience, to help diagnose and treat a variety of foot and ankle problems, including sports injuries, joint pain, toe deformities, nail fungus, chronic tendon pain, and skin problems. Dr. Eric Ricefield, Dr. Mark Yagodich, and Dr. Aliza V. Eisen provide high-quality foot and ankle care to patients in the greater Philadelphia area at our offices conveniently located in Ardmore, Paoli, and Downingtown, PA. Please contact us for more information or to schedule an appointment.