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Morton’s neuroma is the thickening of the tissue that surrounds the digital nerve leading to the ball of the foot between the 3rd and 4th toes. Wearing high heels, flip-flops, or any shoes that are ill-fitting can increase the pressure on the toes and ball of the foot and make the condition worse. Activities that over-pronate the foot, such as walking barefoot in sand, or high-impact activities, such as jogging, are likely to increase pain with Morton’s neuroma. Walking can exacerbate the discomfort of the ailment but if the foot is protected and relieved from pressure, it can be continued. Shoes that provide a heel that is higher than the toes can reduce suffering. Beyond changing footwear, decreasing activity, massage, stretching, and using metatarsal insoles can help with this condition. If left untreated, Morton’s neuroma can lead to nerve damage. If you are experiencing foot pain and think you might be suffering from this condition, see a podiatrist who can help with a proper diagnosis and treatment options. 

Morton’s neuroma is a very uncomfortable condition to live with. If you think you have Morton’s neuroma, contact Anthony Ricciardi Jr., DPM of Foot & Ankle Specialists of Nevada. Our Doctor will attend to all of your foot care needs and answer any of your related questions.  

Morton’s Neuroma

Morton’s neuroma is a painful foot condition that commonly affects the areas between the second and third or third and fourth toe, although other areas of the foot are also susceptible. Morton’s neuroma is caused by an inflamed nerve in the foot that is being squeezed and aggravated by surrounding bones.

What Increases the Chances of Having Morton’s Neuroma?

  • Ill-fitting high heels or shoes that add pressure to the toe or foot
  • Jogging, running or any sport that involves constant impact to the foot
  • Flat feet, bunions, and any other foot deformities

Morton’s neuroma is a very treatable condition. Orthotics and shoe inserts can often be used to alleviate the pain on the forefront of the feet. In more severe cases, corticosteroids can also be prescribed. In order to figure out the best treatment for your neuroma, it’s recommended to seek the care of a podiatrist who can diagnose your condition and provide different treatment options.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Las Vegas, Nevada . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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