Do you often feel pain on the balls of your feet or feel like you are standing on a pebble all the time? Do you experience numbness on your toes as it radiates out? If your answer to all these questions is ‘Yes’, then you are probably suffering from Morton’s neuroma. Morton’s neuroma is a benign (non-cancerous) growth of nerve tissue that generally develops on a person’s foot. While there are individuals living with Morton’s neuroma that experience so much pain, there are also some people that do not feel any symptoms at all and can even walk without difficulty despite the condition. 

Causes of Morton’s neuroma?

Morton’s neuroma does not appear without any apparent reasons at all. Usually, it is often because when someone constantly wears tight-fitting shoes or high heels. Wearing these will cause the nerves on your feet to compress or become too stressed or irritated. As a result, the irritated nerves will thicken and when moved, it will cause you some pain. There are also possible causes for Morton’s neuroma such as:

  • Flat feet
  • High arches
  • Bunions
  • Hammertoes

Sometimes, Morton’s neuroma is also caused by certain activities such as repetitive sports activities like running or any activity that puts pressure on the ball of the foot. You can also develop neuroma when you suffer from a foot injury. 

Should you see a doctor?

If you have Morton’s neuroma, your first instinct is to visit your doctor and ask for treatment. A neuroma can be treated at home simply by changing your routine. If you are wearing tight-fitting shoes, perhaps it’s time you refrain from wearing them. However, if you still experience some pain, even if you already stop wearing those tight-fitting shoes and heels and stop those activities that put pressure on the ball of your foot, it is advisable that you see your doctor. Morton’s neuroma is common and treatable, but when left untreated and ignored, it can permanently damage your nerve. 

Your doctor will examine your foot and will check if you are indeed suffering from Morton’s neuroma by doing some imaging tests such as:

  • X-rays. An x-ray is necessary to make sure that your pain is not caused by a stress fracture. 
  • Ultrasound. This technology is particularly good in detecting Morton’s neuroma because it can reveal soft tissue abnormalities, in case you have one.
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging or MRI. Just like ultrasound, MRI is good at revealing soft tissue abnormalities such as neuromas. This test can be quite expensive but is helpful in detecting neuromas even in people who are not experiencing any neuroma symptoms at all.

Once your doctor has ruled out the possibility of another issue that may be causing you pain, your doctor will now give you advice on how to treat your condition. The treatment will depend on how severe your condition is. Your doctor will first start with conservative treatment and home treatments which may include physical therapy, stretching or exercising. However, if the pain persists, more aggressive treatment will be advised such as undergoing surgery or injection. 

Morton’s neuroma is not life-threatening, however, its pain may bring you discomfort so it is always better to talk with your doctor about it for diagnosis and treatment options that are best for you. 

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