5 Signs of Morton's Neuroma

5 Signs of Morton's Neuroma

Morton's neuroma is a pinched nerve or nerve tumor that occurs when growths of nerve tissue form in the bottom of your foot between the third and fourth toes. It can stem from foot injuries or shoes that don’t fit you properly. 

David J. Kaplan, DPM, and the rest of our team at FootCare Specialists, Inc. want you to be aware of the signs of Morton’s neuroma, so you can seek proper treatment.

1. Pain

Morton’s neuroma is one of many foot conditions that can cause pain — in this case, a burning sensation. Typically, you’ll feel the pain between your toes, which worsens when you place weight on your foot. 

2. Numbness

The paradox of Morton’s neuroma is you can experience pain right and numbness simultaneously. You might have pain between your toes and tingling or numbness on the bottom of your foot. It’s common for pinched nerves to have this effect regardless of the location.

3. Burning 

The hallmark signs of a pinched nerve continue with burning sensations. Many with Morton’s neuroma report burning in their feet, which is also common with peripheral neuropathy, so it’s important to get an accurate diagnosis before coming up with a treatment plan.

4. Swelling

You can experience swelling with Morton’s neuroma due to thickened areas of tissue that compress your nerves, usually between your toes. However, swelling can also be common with bone fractures and edema. 

5. Abnormal sensations

The nerve inflammation can make you feel like you have a pebble in your shoe or your sock is bunched up, even if you’re walking barefoot. This is one of the most common complaints with Morton’s neuroma.

Your next steps

If you identify with one or more of these symptoms, you might have Morton’s neuroma. It’s important to seek treatment sooner rather than later since early detection can help you avoid surgical intervention. We can diagnose neuromas by conducting a thorough exam, reviewing your symptoms, and generating diagnostic images, such as X-rays. 

Potential treatments include:

It’s also wise to invest in proper footwear to prevent further nerve damage. Choose shoes with a wide toe box, and don’t squish your toes together; heels should be no higher than two inches. 

Don’t wait to treat your Morton’s neuroma. Call one of our offices or book an appointment online today.

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