Tumors of any kind should not be taken lightly. This is an abnormality and a sign that something is definitely wrong in your body. A tumor can develop in any part of our body and this can also be seen in our toes. Most often a benign tumor called Morton’s neuroma can grow in your foot. This growth develops in nerve cells and can cause nerve compression in between the end of your metatarsal bones at the toe base.
The neuroma is usually located either at the second or third spacing in your toes. One the of factors that can lead to the development of this benign tumor is improper footwear. Once you wear the wrong footwear, it places greater pressure in your forefoot.
A visit to a podiatrist can help identify treatment options for Morton’s Neuroma. Dr. Charles Sulesky is a podiatrist who specializes in helping people suffering from Morton’s Neuroma and other foot disorders.
What are the signs and symptoms of Morton's neuroma?
- Burning and sharp pain
- Numbness at the bottom of your foot
- Radiating pain to nearby toes
- Increased pain while walking or when the ball of your foot has been squeezed
- Pain that is decreased through massage
- Limping because of pain may also occur
- How is the condition diagnosed?
Diagnosis can be done by your doctor. Normally, your doctor will be able to know if you have a Morton's neuroma by checking pain history and identifying any of the symptoms of neuroma. Your physician will squeeze the sides of your foot and if you feel pain, tenderness and tingling. To further assess the condition, a magnetic resonance imaging may also be performed to confirm the diagnosis.
Can it be treated?
Yes, Morton’s neuroma is treatable. As a matter of fact, symptoms of this neuroma can be managed with simple treatments such as:
- Resting your affected foot
- Wearing of properly-fitted shoes
- Anti-inflammation medications for alleviating pain
- Application of ice packs
- Local cortisone injection may also be given for more rapid relief
- Surgical procedure may be necessary though, but this is for severe cases only