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Morton’s neuroma is a nerve growth that is a common foot condition, often described as feeling like you have a pebble in your shoe underneath the ball of your foot. It is usually a result of injury and pressure pushing on the nerves that connect to your toes between the third and fourth metatarsal bones.
Women who like to wear high heeled shoes are more susceptible to developing Morton’s neuroma and many other foot and ankle problems due to the extreme stress and pressure that high heeled shoes put on the feet. Activities like sports and running that impart a large amount of stress and pressure to the feet are also risk factors.
Treating Morton’s neuroma includes the following methods:
- Wear properly-fitted shoes with custom orthotic inserts—Always have your athletic shoes and other footwear properly fitted. Have a computerized gait analysis done at your foot doctor’s office to determine if you have pronation problems. Wearing shoes with a wider toe box will allow your toes room to move. A well-fitting shoe will provide the space needed for custom molded orthotic inserts that can direct pressure away from the painful interdigital nerve.
- Switch activities—You may have to temporarily stop the sporting activity or behavior that caused the injury to give the nerves time to heal. Try switching to cycling or swimming or any other activity that reduces stress on the feet.
- Decrease inflammation—Place a cold pack on the area for fifteen minutes several times a day. Ibuprofen can help to decrease pain and swelling.
- Corticosteroids—These injections often can provide pain relief, but there are side effects that you should review with your podiatrist.
If you suspect that you may have a foot neuroma, consult with our board-certified podiatrists at Foot and Ankle Center of Fort Lee, LLC. The center offers convenient locations in Fort Lee NJ, Ringwood NJ, Flushing Queens NY, Woodhaven NY, Brooklyn NY, and Forest Hills NY. Contact us at (201) 363-9844 and schedule an appointment today!
The condition called metatarsalgia is a major source of pain in the ball of the foot. Since your foot ball is right behind your big toe on the bottom of your foot, it absorbs much of the stress and pressure from walking, standing, and exercising and is frequently the source of intense foot pain. The area where the three middle toes meet with the ball is often affected.
4 causes of pain in the ball of the foot include the following:
- Tight or loose-fitting shoes—Footwear with a narrow toe box such as high-heeled shoes push the toes together and constrict foot and toe movement. Shoes that are worn out and don’t provide the correct support and cushioning will also contribute to ball of the foot pain.
- Fractures— in the toe bones will cause pain in the ball of the foot.
- Neuroma—A neuroma is a growth of fibrous tissue that often occurs between the third and fourth toe bones, causing severe pain and discomfort.
- Hereditary influence—People who have hereditary conditions like high arches or a second toe that is longer than the big toe are more likely to experience pain in the ball of the foot.
Metatarsalgia, as well as the other problems that occur in the ball of the foot, can create radiating pain in your knees, hips, and back. Always have your feet evaluated and properly treated by a foot doctor well versed in all the possibilities to help avoid future complications. Consult with our board-certified podiatrists at Foot and Ankle Center of Fort Lee, LLC. The center offers convenient locations in Fort Lee NJ, Ringwood NJ, Flushing Queens NY, Woodhaven NY, Brooklyn NY, and Forest Hills NY. Contact us at (201) 363-9844 and schedule an appointment today!
Let’s take a closer at the condition and understand it’s effects.
- Neuroma is an enlarged benign growth of nerves that are caused by the foot’s tissue rubbing against the nerves.
- A sensation of numbness, tingling, burning or pain in the ball of your foot may occur.
- Ischemic Foot causes a decrease in blood flow from the heart to the feet. This brings on muscle cramping, discoloration, cold feet and eventually ulcers.
- Acrocyanosis is a disorder that is painless but effects the blood supply from the arteries to the skin. It’s usually harmless but can be a sign of other problems. Your feet may be constantly cold, sweaty, swollen or discolored.
- Chilblains also known as cold feet. And it isn’t just in the winter, circulation becomes a problem and you can develop redness, swelling and itchy skin.
Nerve or vascular problems effect blood flow and circulation and the treatment for most of these are simple and can be corrected with a visit to the podiatrist. If left unattended however, this could cause more serious conditions, especially in diabetics. Walking, exercising, keeping your feet warm, wearing roomy and lose shoes are all good affordable ways to keep your feet clear of vascular difficulty.
How can I avoid surgery?
- Wear a simple pad and the right shoes with a wide toe box and low heel to reduce the weight on the ball of the foot.
- Your podiatrist can recommend a series of cortisol injections in the problem area.
- Freezing or sealing the nerve with laser treatment can be another alternative treatment.
- Alcohol solutions or vitamin B12 can be a more natural remedy.
- Stretching your toes regularly will keep circulation and blood flow moving constantly.
If you need a diagnosis contact us at Foot and Ankle Center of Fort Lee, LLC by calling 201-363-9662 and schedule an appointment at one of our locations in Fort Lee and Ringwood New Jersey or Forest Hills, Flushing, Woodhaven or Brooklyn New York.
We may throw that term around loosely when we feel someone has lost the nerve to fulfill their responsibility, hence the saying “they must have cold feet”. But both terms are not related in this case and these medical terms can be confusing when we hear them from a doctor or read them on line as we try to self-diagnose. Cold feet can be a result of many conditions and Foot and Ankle Center of Fort Lee, LLC specializes in nerve problems associated with your feet. If you suspect you may have any of these symptoms call us for a consultation.
- Neuroma is an enlarged benign growth of nerves that are caused by the foot’s tissue rubbing against the nerves. You may feel a sensation of numbness, tingling, burning or pain in the ball of your foot.
- Chilblains (cold feet) is affiliated with the skin and how it reacts poorly to the cold. Circulation can be an issue and you may develop redness, swelling and itchy skin in addition to your feet always being cold.
- Ischemic Foot causes a decrease in blood flow from the heart to the feet. You may experience muscle cramping, discoloration, cold feet and eventually ulcers.
- Acrocyanosis is painless but effects the blood supply from the arteries to the skin. It usually remains a harmless condition but can be a sign of having other conditions in the rest of your body. Your feet may be constantly cold, sweaty, swollen or discolored.
Nerve or vascular problems, such as the ones mentioned above, have two things in common, blood flow and circulation. The treatment for most of these are simple but if left unattended they could result in more problems, especially with diabetic patients. Keeping your feet warm can help along with wearing shoes that fit properly and exercise will certainly keep the blood flowing in your legs, feet and ankles.
If you feel you may have one or more of these symptoms don’t delay and wait for your discomfort or pain to increase. Foot and Ankle Center of Fort Lee has locations in Fort Lee NJ, Ringwood NJ, Forest Hills NY, Flushing NY, Woodhaven NY and Brooklyn NY. If cold feet becomes a chronic condition for you, do not hesitate to call us at 201-363-9662 and make an appointment with our team of professionals today!
What is Neuroma and what causes it?
It is a benign growth of nerve tissue most commonly found between the third and fourth toes. When your toes are pressed together for a lengthy amount of time, the nerve that runs between your toes will swell causing pain when you put pressure on that foot.
What are the symptoms?
A burning or sharp pain in your foot that hurts more when you apply pressure or walk on it. It can feel like a small bump is nestled inside the ball of your foot. Burning, tingling and numbness between the toes and ball of the foot may occur as well.
How is it diagnosed?
During your examination one of our Board Certified Doctors will order an x-ray of your foot to make sure nothing else is causing the pain before they will diagnose your condition. They will also apply pressure on the space between your toe and bone to create the pain. This will help determine if there is a possible stress fracture. Last, a range of motion test will rule out arthritis or joint inflammation.
What are the treatments?
You may be able to treat this problem at home first by trying the following suggestions:
- Avoid wearing tight, pointy, or high-heeled shoes.
- Rest your feet and reduce any activities that put pressure on your toes.
- Apply ice for about 10 to 15 minutes at a time.
- Try anti- inflammatory medicine to help reduce pain and swelling.
- Massaging your foot around the nerve or painful area.
If these suggestions do not clear up your symptoms, our podiatrist may recommend cushions or devices that will separate your toes to keep them from squeezing the nerve. It is common in more than 200,000 people per year but can be treated easily by our medical professionals. If you contact one of our conveniently located offices in Ringwood and Fort Lee NJ or Flushing, Woodhaven and Brooklyn NY, our team of professionals will be able to help!