Morton’s neuroma refers to a condition characterized by a thickening of the tissue surrounding the digital nerve leading to the metatarsal bones in the forefoot. While an experienced foot surgery specialist can diagnose Morton's neuroma, it is important to educate yourself on the condition itself.
Causes and Risk Factors
While the direct cause of Morton’s neuroma is unknown, the condition usually occurs in response to pressure, injury, or irritation to one of your digital nerves. Risk factors for Morton’s neuroma include wearing high heels or shoes with an ill-fitting toe box, participating in high-impact sports, and having a preexisting foot condition such as bunions, hammertoes, or flatfeet. Furthermore, studies by the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons show that Morton’s neuroma occurs eight to 10 times more frequently in women than it does men.
Signs and Symptoms
Morton’s neuroma rarely exhibits visible signs or symptoms such as a lump or deformity. However, common symptoms of Morton’s neuroma include a burning pain in the ball of the foot that radiates into the toes, pain that gets worse while wearing shoes or walking, and numbness in the toes.
One of the most common and successful treatment methods utilized for Morton’s neuroma is cryosurgery, which is an FDA-approved procedure in which a cryoprobe is inserted into the site of the neuroma in order to initiate a freezing cycle. This freezing cycle not only reduces swelling and causes a numbing effect, but it also causes the nerve to degenerate, ultimately causing a new, healthy nerve to develop and take its place.
Whether you are interested in cryosurgery, bunion surgery, or corn removal, our expert podiatrist, Dr. Teles, at All South Bay Footcare is here to help. Give our Torrance office a call at (310) 986-2925 to set up an appointment today. You can also visit us online for information about our services and procedures.