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Neuroma Specialist

InStride Queen City Foot and Ankle Specialists

Podiatrists & Foot and Ankle Specialists located in Charlotte, NC

If you experience pain in the ball of your foot, you may be suffering from Morton’s neuroma, a condition that affects the nerves and tissues near your toes. At InStride Queen City Foot and Ankle Specialists in Charlotte, North Carolina, Roxanne Burgess, DPM, and her team provide a number of safe and effective treatment options based on your individual needs. The symptoms of Morton’s neuroma can impair your walking and limit your daily activities. To speak with a podiatrist about relieving your foot pain, call the office or book an appointment online today.

Neuroma Q & A

What is Morton’s neuroma?PlantaR Fasciitis diagram

Morton’s neuroma is a painful condition that occurs when the tissue surrounding the nerves near your toes thickens. The thickening of this tissue causes sharp, burning pain and numbness that’s typically felt between the third and fourth toe. Symptoms typically happen gradually and progressively worsen over time. 

The symptoms of Morton’s neuroma can feel like there is a pebble stuck in your shoe. Morton’s neuroma can make it difficult to walk without pain and limit your daily activities. If left untreated, Morton’s neuroma can cause permanent changes to the nerves in your foot. 

What causes Morton’s neuroma?

Morton’s neuroma is caused by irritation and pressure on the nerves leading to your toes. One of the most common contributors to Morton’s neuroma is improper footwear. People who wear high heels or tightly fitting shoes are at a higher risk of developing the condition.

Morton’s neuroma is common in certain athletes. Repetitive and high-impact motions like running or jumping add pressure to the nerves of the foot, leading to Morton’s neuroma. If left untreated, certain foot abnormalities and conditions like bunions, hammertoes, and flat feet can also lead to Morton’s neuroma. If you experience foot pain, it’s important to speak with an experienced podiatrist to determine the cause of your symptoms and the most effective method of treatment. 

How is Morton’s neuroma treated?

If you suffer from Morton’s neuroma, Dr. Burgess and her team offer a number of safe and effective treatment options. Before you begin treatment, Dr. Burgess performs a physical exam, checking for tenderness and other abnormalities in your foot. She may perform an X-ray to rule out other possible causes of your foot pain. If your condition is mild, Dr. Burgess may recommend reducing your activities and avoiding high heels or tight-fitting shoes. She might also provide you with arch supports or footpads to reduce the pressure on your nerves. 

If your condition doesn’t respond to conservative treatment, you may require injections or surgical treatment. The goal of surgical treatment is to either decompress or remove the nerve responsible for your pain. Dr. Burgess and her team work with you to determine the right treatment for your condition. To find out if Morton’s neuroma is the cause of your foot pain, call the office or book an appointment online today.