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Morton’s neuroma is a painful foot condition that affects the nerves that run between the toes, most commonly between the third and fourth toes. However, a neuroma CAN effect other webspaces as well. This condition can cause a range of symptoms, including pain, tingling, numbness, sensation of a pebble in the shoe, and burning sensations in the affected area. Morton’s neuroma is caused by the thickening of the tissue surrounding the nerves in the foot, which can compress and irritate the nerves, leading to the symptoms of the condition.

Morton’s neuroma is most commonly seen in women, and is often caused by wearing high heels or tight-fitting shoes that put pressure on the toes. Other contributing factors can include foot injuries, certain foot deformities, and repetitive stress on the foot. Symptoms of Morton’s neuroma can be aggravated by activities that involve standing or walking for prolonged periods of time.

Treatment for Morton’s neuroma typically begins with conservative measures, such as wearing properly fitting shoes with plenty of room in the toe box and using orthotics or shoe inserts to help distribute pressure evenly across the foot. Over-the-counter pain medications, platelet rich plasma injections (PRP) or corticosteroid injections may also be used to help alleviate pain and inflammation.

In more severe cases, surgery may be necessary to remove the thickened tissue around the nerve, or to release the nerve from compression. However, surgery is generally considered a last resort, and most cases of Morton’s neuroma can be effectively managed with conservative treatments.

Preventing Morton’s neuroma involves taking proactive steps to protect the feet. This includes wearing properly fitting shoes with plenty of room in the toe box, avoiding high heels or tight-fitting shoes, and using arch supports or orthotics to help distribute pressure evenly across the foot. Stretching exercises can also help improve foot flexibility and reduce the risk of developing Morton’s neuroma.

In conclusion, Morton’s neuroma is a painful foot condition that can be caused by a variety of factors, including footwear choices, foot injuries, and repetitive stress on the foot. If you are experiencing foot pain or have concerns about your foot health, consult with a podiatrist to receive the care you need. With proper treatment and preventative measures, Morton’s neuroma can be effectively managed, allowing you to enjoy a pain-free, active lifestyle. Call Pasadena Orthopedics to see a specialist today.




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