What is a Neuroma? A neuroma, also referred to as Morton’s Neuroma, is an enlarged, benign growth of nerves, most commonly between the third and fourth toes.
What causes a Neuroma? Neuromas are caused by tissue rubbing against and irritating the nerves. Pressure from poorly fitting shoes or an abnormal bone structure can also lead to this condition. The American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons (ACFAS) warns female runners that the combination of wearing narrow, pointed-toed shoes at work and the pounding their feet endure from running on hard surfaces can cause a Neuroma. Active women who enjoy running, especially those with flat feet, are prone to developing Neuromas.
What are the Symptoms of a Neuroma? Symptoms may include a burning pain that radiates from the ball of the foot to the toes or numbness in the toes.
What are the Treatment Options? Conservative treatments usually resolve the pain or progressions of the condition. Wearing roomier, lower-heeled footwear or using orthotics to reduce the pressure on the nerve can be effective in treating Neuromas. At times, injections of Corticosteroid medication are used to reduce swelling and inflammation.
Idaho Foot & Ankle Center has provided foot and ankle services for patients throughout the Idaho Falls and Rexburg areas for over 30 years. Whether it’s a Neuroma, routine check-up, or any other other foot or ankle issue, we are equipped to handle all your Podiatric needs! Contact Dr. Kylin Kovac at Idaho Foot and Ankle Center forthe highest quality of care and an excellent healthcare experience.