Do you regularly experience pain in the ball of your foot? If so, Morton’s neuroma may be to blame. At South Texas Podiatrist in San Antonio, Texas, Eddie Davis, DPM, specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of neuromas. Using cutting-edge, minimally invasive treatment methods, Dr. Davis can ease your pain and get you back on your feet. To make your appointment, call the office or click the online booking tool today.
Morton’s neuroma is a common podiatric condition characterized by a sharp pain in the ball of your foot. It’s a benign growth that develops around the nerves between your third and fourth toes. Dudley J. Morton, MD, a renowned podiatrist, first identified the condition in 1935.
Researchers aren’t entirely sure how neuromas form, but it’s thought problems with weight distribution and long-term excess pressure on the ball of your foot may play a role. Clinical studies suggest you’re also more likely to develop a neuroma if you have a history of arthritic toe joints.
Neuromas affect people of all ages and genders, but there are certain factors that may increase your risk. These include wearing high heels, having a foot deformity such as high arches or flatfeet, and playing certain sports. For example, sports, such as skiing, that require tight shoes, can put extra pressure on the nerves in your toes.
Morton’s neuromas don’t present any outward symptoms such as bruises or bumps. However, there are signs to look out for, including:
As your neuroma gets worse you might also experience a burning sensation that starts in the ball of your foot, radiating outward.
To diagnose a neuroma, Dr. Davis reviews your medical history, asks you a series of questions about the symptoms you’re experiencing, and physically examines your foot. If these processes don’t provide adequate information, Dr. Davis might recommend diagnostic imaging with ultrasound. Diagnostic ultrasound shows neuroma growths clearly, allowing Dr. Davis to measure their size and shape during your appointment.
Treatment of a neuroma depends on its size and the severity of your symptoms. If your neuroma is small, Dr. Davis might recommend conservative treatment with arch supports and foot pads. You might also benefit from custom orthotics or a series of corticosteroid injections.
If these measures of care don’t provide relief, surgical intervention may be necessary. During neuroma surgery, Dr. Davis makes a small, one-inch incision between your third and fourth toes. This relieves pressure on the nerves causing you pain, providing almost instant relief. Dr. Davis performs neuroma surgery as an outpatient procedure using local anesthesia.
If you’re suffering from neuroma pain, don’t wait to seek professional medical help. Make an appointment at South Texas Podiatrist by calling the office or clicking the online booking tool today.