A neuroma is very painful growth and swelling of the nerve.
If this occurs in between the toes it is called a Morton's Neuroma. Often a patient with a Morton's Neuroma will say it feels like a pebble or a folded up sock in their shoe behind the toes. When they take their shoes off and check - there is nothing there.
The pain is usually at its worst during walking. Often the pain is lessened by taking of the shoes and massaging the toes.
The pain usually feels like a burning, tingling or numbness between the toes. It may shoot from between the toes out to the ends of the toes.
The pain may also be worse when wearing high heels or shoes with narrow toes.
This condition most often happens in women. The most common place for a Morton's Neuroma is between the 3rd and 4th toes, although it can occur between any two toes.
There are many treatments for neuromas.
First is change shoes. Wear shoes that don’t squeeze the toes together.
Strapping and padding underneath the foot can take pressure off the Morton's Neuroma.
When this helps, foot orthotics can easily be made by your Dr to protest the foot long term.
Sometimes your Podiatric Physician and Surgeon may inject the neuroma area with a steroid.
A newer injection is the sclerosing alcohol injection series that actually can shrink the painful nerve.
Often we use ultrasound to guide the injection for the best placement.
If none of these conservative treatments work, then surgery is available.
There is a minimally invasive decompression of the nerve surgery available – done through a ½ inch incision.
Sometimes the neuroma is just surgically removed.
After the surgery, patients usually wear a surgical shoe and rest a few days.
Please contact our office for your leg, ankle, foot nerve pain.
We have many tests, medicines and treatments available to ease the sharp pain, burning pain and tingling pain that nerves can cause.