Neuroma Treatment in NYC
What is Morton’s neuroma?
If you find yourself frequently throwing off your shoes to rub between your toes for pain relief, you may have a neuroma — and that neuroma is likely to be getting on your last nerve.
A neuroma, or a “pinched nerve,” is a painful, non-cancerous thickening of the nerve tissue between your toes. The most common foot neuroma, known as Morton’s neuroma, develops between your third and fourth toe. Left untreated, a neuroma may result in permanent nerve damage of the affected foot.
What causes Morton’s neuroma?
Just as we react when we are irritated or under pressure, so do our nerves. When pressure is placed on a nerve or when the nerve becomes irritated, it may swell and thicken, causing a neuroma. Neuromas may develop for the following reasons:
- Inheriting deformities that cause imbalance near the toe joints
- Incurring nerve damage during an injury
- Wearing tight footwear or high heels
- Placing frequent stress on your foot
What are the symptoms of Morton’s neuroma?
A neuroma usually lets itself be known and may present itself through various pain-related symptoms. Knowing what symptoms are associated with neuromas can help you take preventative measures against permanent nerve damage in the affected foot. Symptoms of a neuroma may include:
- Feeling pain at the front of your toes
- Feeling pain between your toes
- Feeling as though there is something stuck between your toes
- Experiencing a tingling or numbing sensation in the affected foot
If you are experiencing any of the above symptoms or believe you are suffering from Morton’s neuroma, an appointment with your doctor can help confirm a diagnosis.
How is Morton’s neuroma diagnosed?
To help diagnose a neuroma your doctor will ask that you describe any symptoms that you have been experiencing. Your doctor will also perform a physical exam. During the physical exam, your doctor will examine your foot for any signs or symptoms of a neuroma. Your doctor may also place pressure on certain areas of your foot to see if you react and display any symptoms that may suggest the presence of a neuroma. Your doctor may require additional testing for further diagnosis.
How is Morton’s neuroma treated?
Treatment options will vary depending on the severity of your neuroma. With early detection and diagnosis, a neuroma can be treated without surgery. For cases in which the neuroma is not fully developed, your doctor may first recommend certain conservative treatment options to help alleviate symptoms and to help encourage the neuroma to shrink, allowing the affected nerve to return to its original state. Conservative treatment options may include:
- Placing padding under the ball of your foot
- Anti-inflammatory medications
- Cortisone injections
If conservative treatment options are unsuccessful in the treatment of your neuroma, your doctor may recommend surgical treatment options to remove the affected nerve.
If you are experiencing symptoms of a neuroma or would like to learn more about our available podiatric services and treatment, request an appointment with Dr. Isaacson today. With 80 years in practice, locations in Manhattan and the Bronx, experience across a range of podiatric specialties, and state-of-the-art treatment options, our mission is to provide high-quality podiatric education, information, and care to patients in a convenient, comfortable setting. Call our Manhattan location 212.420.6002, our Bronx location 718.863.3338, or fill out the form on this page to schedule an appointment.