Foot neuroma, also known as Morton’s neuroma, is a painful condition that affects the nerves located in between the metatarsals, or the long bones located in the foot. People affected by neuroma experience pain and numbness in their foot that is often relieved by massaging the area or removing their footwear. A neuroma is a benign tumor that arises from nerve cells that are developed in different parts of the body.
Professionals say that Morton’s neuroma symptoms usually occur at an unexpected time and can worsen over a period. Most patients say that they feel a sensation that there is something inside their foot. They often describe it as a burning pain in their foot that lasts for days or even weeks. Other people feel pain while they are walking which are often felt after a few minutes of walk. Some of them say that they stop walking because of the need to take off their footwear just to feel relief from the pain.
Experts are not 100% sure on what causes a neuroma. They say that it just develops as a result of pressure, nerve injury, or irritation that triggers a response which leads to the thickening of your nerve tissue which is now called neuroma.
Some situations or incidents cause your nerve and bone to rub against each other. If you are fond of wearing a high heeled shoe or a pointed shoe that compresses your toes together, that will probably make your foot hurt. People with high arched feet or flat feet are also prone to developing this condition. Sports activities that place pressure on your feet can also be the reason why you have a foot neuroma. And lastly, an injury or any trauma that your foot underwent that leads you to have a neuroma.
Treatments vary on how severe a neuroma is and diagnosing the problem earlier will avoid you to undergo surgery.
Home treatments are available to make you feel an instant relief such as wearing footwear that is not too tight or has a width adjustment. If you are resting, you can place your foot on a comfortable space and massage the affected area to reduce pain temporarily.
If early treatments still do not work on you, a podiatric surgery might be needed to completely remove all the pain and problem you have with your foot. During the procedure, the affected foot nerve will be eliminated and can be done on an outpatient basis, and the recovery will take just a few weeks. Your podiatric doctor will provide the necessary medications to help you manage pain after the surgery.
You must take extra measures to lessen your foot pressure to reduce the pain. Make sure that your shoes have ample space in the front part, so your toes will not be compressed too much. If you feel any of the given signs and symptoms above, followed the home treatments but still feel intense foot pain, immediately consult a doctor to lessen the chances of undergoing a foot surgery.