Morton's, a real pain!

Morton's neuroma is a common foot condition that I regularly see in the office. I have also been a victim of this condition in the past so I can attest to the discomfort this condition can cause. Morton's neuroma is not a true tumor, but is an inflammation of one of the nerves that runs from the foot into the toes. It can be the result of direct trauma to the nerve, like stepping on a rock barefoot, or more commonly due to chronic rubbing of the nerve on a ligament that lies deep to it in the foot. This chronic rubbing is often the result of abnormal foot mechanics, like excessive pronation, or from wearing high heeled shoes. If the condition is present for a few months, scar tissue forms around the nerve making it larger. Many people will then have the sensation of a click when they squeeze the foot or step a certain way. Morton's neuroma doesn't usually go away without treatment. We have very successful therapies for getting the pain to go away fast and keeping it from coming back. It is rare to have to resort to surgery to treat Morton's neuroma. If you have pain in the ball of the foot that won't go away, the first step to take is to come in for an evaluation to arrive at an accurate diagnosis. Then a treatment plan can be designed to get you back to action quickly

Paul Betschart, DPM Dr. Betschart has over 26 years of experience in treating patients of all ages with all kinds of foot and ankle conditions. His mission is to provide you with helpful information about foot and ankle issues and the latest developments in healthcare.

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