Morton’s Neuroma (Intermetatarsal Neuroma)
Do you have pain and tingling in your toes or the ball of your foot? Does it feel like you have something bunched up under your foot when you walk? Do you typically wear pointed-toe shoes? You could have an intermetatarsal neuroma. We have the Morton’s Neuroma treatment you need.
What is an Intermetatarsal Neuroma?
An intermetatarsal neuroma, also known as a Morton’s neuroma or a plantar neuroma, is a thickening of the nerve tissue in the foot. Although neuromas can occur elsewhere in the body, they most commonly occur in the feet, especially between the third and fourth toes. This thickening presses on the nerve causing pain and ultimately permanent nerve damage.
An intermetatarsal neuroma can be caused by many things. One of the most common causes is wearing shoes with a narrow toe box, particularly high-heeled shoes. Those with other foot issues, such as bunions and flat feet, are at a higher risk of developing an intermetatarsal neuroma. Activities that include repeated jumping on the balls of the feet, such as tennis, basketball and running, can also put a person at risk for an intermetatarsal neuroma.
Symptoms of an intermetatarsal neuroma include a tingling sensation in the feet or toes, pain and a feeling like something is bunched up under the ball of the foot. Symptoms generally intensify as the neuroma progresses.
Non-Surgical Morton’s Neuroma Treatment
The course of treatment for an intermetatarsal neuroma depends on the severity of the problem. First line treatments include adding padding or orthopedic inserts to a patient’s shoes and applying ice to the affected area. Additional treatments include medications like ibuprofen to reduce inflammation and cortisone injections. Of course, patients are also strongly advised to cease wearing high-heeled shoes or participating in activities that exacerbate the condition. Surgery is generally a last resort for those patients who fail to respond to any of the above measures.