If you have been experiencing sharp pain, tingling, numbness or an irritation in the ball of the foot just below the third and fourth toes, it may be what’s known as an intermetatarsal neuroma. This condition, also commonly referred to as Morton’s neuroma after the surgeon who first identified it, occurs when a nerve becomes compressed and swollen.
The doctor of podiatry Kirkland Office is the best health care professional to diagnose and treat this condition, and addressing a neuroma quickly can prevent permanent nerve damage.
What causes Morton’s neuroma to occur? Usually it’s associated with footwear that restricts the toes, such as high-heeled shoes and shoes with narrow toe boxes. Irregularities of the foot such as bunions, hammertoes and flatfeet can be contributing factors. So can activities that involve repetitive actions that put pressure on the ball of the foot including running, tennis and even cycling.
Symptoms may start slowly and disappear temporarily when you take off the offending footwear and massage the area, only to return later and worsen as the nerve becomes enlarged. To reach a diagnosis, our podiatrist conducts a physical examination, skillfully manipulates the foot and might seek further testing.
Treatment can involve orthotic devices or padding to take the pressure off the metatarsal arch, modifying your footwear, and icing or non-steroidal anti-inflammatories such as ibuprofen to bring down the swelling. Our podiatrist might recommend avoiding repetitive activities for a while to allow the area to heal. In some cases we recommend cortisone injections.
To avoid this condition worsening to the point where surgery becomes a consideration, it’s crucial to visit our podiatrist at Kirkland Office as early as possible. We have the experience and treatment options to relieve this painful condition and prevent it from becoming a chronic problem. Let us help you get back on your feet, as quickly and comfortably as possible. Please contact us today for an appointment.