Morton’s Neuroma

A Morton’s Neuroma is when the nerve that runs between the toes can swell and get thicker, over a period of months or even years. This neuroma may feel like a small lump is pushing inside the ball of your foot. When you walk or move your toes you can feel the pain that sometimes moves into your toes. If the pressure continues it could damage the nerve.

If you are able to catch the problem early and change your shoes you may be able to make the nerve swelling go away. Some doctors might recommend that you wear wide-toed shoes. You might also be advised to limit activities or ice the sore spot. If you do not get relief by doing this you might need special pads or devices that will help spread the toes apart. This will help them not to squeeze the nerve. In some cases, you might get a cortisone shot to reduce swelling and pain. If all of these treatments do not work, your doctor may suggest surgery to relieve pressure or remove the swollen nerve.

How can you care for yourself at home?

  • Take anti-inflammatory medicine to reduce pain and swelling.
  • Try to stay off your feet as much as possible until the pain and swelling go away.
  • Avoid wearing tight, pointy, or high heeled shoes. Instead, wear roomy footwear.
  • Put ice or a cold pack on the area for 10-20 minutes at a time. Put a thin cloth between the ice and the skin.
  • Try massaging your feet. This relaxes the muscles around the nerve.
  • If the doctor prescribed special pads or a device to relieve the pressure on your toes use them as directed.
  • Until all pain and swelling go away, avoid activities that put pressure on the toes.

If you feel that you are experiencing pain from a Neuroma please contact our office today!!

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