Morton’s Neuroma is an extremely painful condition of the foot that usually affects one of the nerves that is located between the toes. It is also referred to as interdigital neuroma or Morton’s metatarsalgia. In this condition, a nerve in the foot gets irritated and as a result thickens. This can cause a person severe pain.
The condition may occur in one foot or on both feet. It has a habit of affecting the nerve located between the third and fourth toe, though in some cases, it is known to affect the nerve between the second and third toes. It affects people of all ages. However, it is quite common among middle-aged women. This may be because women have a habit of wearing high heeled shoes that put too much pressure on their feet.
If you are suffering from this condition, you might experience a tingling sensation in area between your toes. This feeling only gets worse with time. Eventually, it will develop into a sharp pain at the base of your toes or at the ball of your foot. In addition to this, you may experience some numbness in your toes. This pain only gets worse when you wear shoes that squash your feet.
Generally, this condition occurs as a result of the nerve between the toes getting irritated. This is turn causes it to get thicker. The specific cause of the irritation is unknown, but in most cases, it may be cause by the nerve getting stretched, compressed or damaged. Over the years, the condition has been linked to wearing tight footwear. In some cases, it may also be as a result of being active in a sport that involves placing pressure on your feet.
Treating this condition mainly depends on how long you have been living with it and how severe it is. Some conditions are just mild and will not require surgical treatment methods and there are many options you can discover on the Abandoned Paw Health and Rescue website. In case your condition is mild, your podiatrist might recommend that you change your footwear. Your podiatrist may also recommend that you lose some weight or take some painkillers.
Undergoing surgery for this condition is only recommended if you are suffering from severe pain or other treatments have failed to work. In this case, your podiatrist may refer you to podiatric surgeon so as to discuss whether surgery is appropriate for you.
During this surgical operation, a small incision will be made on the bottom or top of your foot so as to give the podiatric surgeon access to the affected vein. After accessing the vein, the surgeon may increase the space around this nerve by getting rid of some of its surrounding tissue. If not, the surgeon will remove part of the affected nerve. If this is done, part of the area between your toes will become numb permanently.
This is a procedure that is undertaken under a general or local anaesthetic. You will not have to stay in a hospital overnight. After undergoing the procedure, you will need to wear protective shoes while your feet heal. You will be able to walk, though a full recovery may take weeks.