Causes and Prevention of Morton’s Neuroma
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Causes and Prevention of Morton’s Neuroma

Morton's neuroma is a painful condition that affects the ball of the foot, often occurring between the third and fourth toes. It is caused by the thickening of the tissue surrounding the nerves that run between these toes, leading to irritation and inflammation. Several factors contribute to its development, including wearing tight or narrow shoes or high heels, Additionally, engaging in high impact activities that places excessive pressure on the forefoot can lead to developing Morton’s neuroma. Prevention involves wearing well fitting shoes with adequate toe room, opting for low heeled footwear, and avoiding activities that exacerbate foot discomfort. When it comes to treatment, non-invasive measures such as wearing cushioned pads or orthotic inserts, and taking anti-inflammatory medications may provide relief. In severe cases, corticosteroid injections or surgical removal of the affected tissue may be recommended to alleviate the pain and restore foot comfort. If you have pain between these toes, it is suggested that you confer with a podiatrist who can effectively diagnose and treat Morton’s neuroma

Morton’s neuroma is a very uncomfortable condition to live with. If you think you have Morton’s neuroma, contact Matthew McQuaid, DPM of Lake Mendocino Podiatry. Our doctor will attend to all of your foot care needs and answer any of your related questions.  

Morton’s Neuroma

Morton's neuroma is a painful foot condition that commonly affects the areas between the second and third or third and fourth toe, although other areas of the foot are also susceptible. Morton’s neuroma is caused by an inflamed nerve in the foot that is being squeezed and aggravated by surrounding bones.

What Increases the Chances of Having Morton’s Neuroma?

  • Ill-fitting high heels or shoes that add pressure to the toe or foot
  • Jogging, running or any sport that involves constant impact to the foot
  • Flat feet, bunions, and any other foot deformities

Morton’s neuroma is a very treatable condition. Orthotics and shoe inserts can often be used to alleviate the pain on the forefront of the feet. In more severe cases, corticosteroids can also be prescribed. In order to figure out the best treatment for your neuroma, it’s recommended to seek the care of a podiatrist who can diagnose your condition and provide different treatment options.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our offices located in Lakeport and Ukiah, CA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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