What is Morton’s Neuroma?

Morton’s neuroma is a common condition that causes pain in the ball of your foot—most often in the area between the third and fourth toes. The feeling is often compared to that of having a small rock—or marble—stuck in your shoe. A neuroma is a small benign tumor of a nerve—although Morton’s neuroma is not actually a tumor. Instead, it is a thickening of the tissue that surrounds the nerves that lead to the toes. For patients in Whitestone or New York City suffering from Morton’s neuroma, our podiatry office has a treatment option for you.

Causes & Symptoms of Morton’s Neuroma

Ill-fitting shoes—like those that squeeze toes together or distribute weight unevenly—are thought to be the main cause of Morton’s neuroma. Those suffering with this condition often find relief by changing shoes, stopping their walk, or by rubbing the affected area.

While poor shoe choice is usually the main cause of Morton’s neuroma, there are a number of other factors that contribute to its development. Some of these include:

  • Trauma
  • Biomechanical deformities
  • Repeated stress
  • Overuse

In most cases, there are no outward symptoms related to this Morton’s neuroma. Instead, most people experience a burning pain in the ball of their foot, tingling or numbness in the toes after long period of stress, or the feeling of walking on a pebble in your shoe. When pain persists for more than a few days and you suspect it might be Morton’s neuroma contact our New York City or Whitestone podiatry office to discuss your treatment options.

Diagnosis & Treatment of Morton’s Neuroma in Whitestone or New York City

To diagnose Morton’s neuroma in New York City or Whitestone, our podiatrists, Dr. Gary Evans and Dr. James Korponay, will perform a physical exam, where they will feel around for a mass or tender spot. Some imaging tests—like x-rays or an ultrasound—may be ordered to rule out any other causes of your foot pain.

In most cases, Morton’s neuroma can be treated with non-surgical and non-invasive methods. Some of these treatments include:

  • Changes in footwear
  • Custom orthotics
  • Cortisone injections
  • Ice/rest
  • Anti-inflammatory medications

If conservative approaches don’t relieve symptoms, Dr. Evans or Dr. Korponay may recommend surgical treatment. These procedures may include a procedure where pressure is relieved from the nerve by cutting the nearby structures, known as decompression surgery. Our podiatrists in New York, NY or Whitestone, NY may also recommend removing the affected nerve altogether. The treatment our New York, New York or Whitestone, New York foot doctors choose depends on the severity of your symptoms.