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So your doctor says you have Morton’s Neuroma and you’re wondering, what is that and what can I do to make the pain go away?

Morton’s Neuroma is an inflamed nerve located in the third space between toes number 3 and 4. It can occur in any interspace but this happens to be the most common location. It may feel like you’re standing on a rolled up sock or small pebble. It can range in feeling annoying to a debilitating pain. There may be a sharp burning sensation and/or numbness to the toes.

Home treatment includes:

  • Avoiding aggravating activities for a few weeks until the inflammation subsides
  • Avoiding barefoot walking
  • Avoiding high heeled shoes
  • Aim for sensible shoes that are comfortable
  • Add inserts to support the arch
  • Adding a metatarsal pad into the shoe insert to take the pressure of the forefoot. A podiatrist can help you place it in the right position.

If symptoms do not improve after 4 weeks, see a podiatrist. Dr. Tea can help with:

  • Providing a thorough examination of your foot structure by taking xrays and evaluating the way you walk
  • Offer custom made inserts (orthotics) with a specific prescription for your foot type
  • Offer steroid injections that targets the area to provide immediate relief
  • Order additional tests to rule out similar problems, such as a soft tissue mass or plantar plate dysfunction

When is surgery necessary and how is it done?

If pain does not improve after a few months, surgery could be an option. Your doctor may order an ultrasound or MRI to see what the problem is. Surgery can either decompress the nerve by releasing the transverse ligament or removing the affected nerve. By removing the nerve, you will develop numbness to the nearby toes. Many people accept this because they then no longer have pain.

You don’t have to live with foot pain, we can help.
To make your appointment, call 831-288-3400

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