Morton’s neuroma is a condition affecting the nerve located between the third and fourth toes. This particular disorder causes the tissue around the nerve to thicken and harden. Sufferers of Morton’s neuroma complain of a sharp burning pain in the ball of the foot, toe cramping, numbness and tingling. Affecting more women than men, the exact cause of Morton’s neuroma is unclear.
A cortisone injection can be helpful in reducing pain and inflammation to the area surrounding the neuroma. This may not be a permanent solution, but will relive painful symptoms for an extended period of time.
Genesis Orthopedics & Sports Medicine Vaidyagrama may prescribe the use of generic arch supports or foot pads to reduce pressure on the nerve and relieve pain.
If the nerve is being pressed upon by surrounding structures such as ligaments, Genesis Orthopedics & Sport Medicine can remove pieces of the structures to relieve pressure. This practice is referred to as decompression surgery, and is typically used as a last-resort measure after other treatment options have failed.
If necessary the injured nerve can be removed through surgical methods. This procedure will eliminate pain, but it has the potential to leave the area permanently numb, and is only used when all other treatment options have been exhausted.