If you’re an avid runner, you may be concentrating on beating your best time when you run around the track. Even if you’re a casual jogger, you can appreciate the sense of satisfaction and “feel good” endorphins you get from a lap around the neighborhood.But have you heard of Morton’s neuroma, a disease that can affect your running? We’ll take a closer look at what causes Morton’s neuroma.
For example, it’s important to take care of your feet by selecting the right running shoes.
We’ll take a closer look at what this disease is, its symptoms, what causes Morton’s neuroma, and how our board-certified orthopedic physicians in Raleigh can help you get back in motion.
What Is Morton’s Neuroma?
This condition affects the ball of your foot in the area between your third and fourth toes. It is the result of thickening tissue around your toe nerves.
5 Signs You May Have Morton’s Neuroma
Have you ever felt like there was a pebble in your shoe, but once you checked, you found there wasn’t one? This is one of the classic signs you might have Morton’s neuroma.
Other symptoms include:
- Sharp pain
- Numbness in the affected area
- Feeling that you’re standing on a marble or pebble
- If you sprint, there may be pain when you come off the starting block
Sometimes you’ll find relief in taking off your shoe and rubbing the affected area. It’s important to note that you will not see any outward signs of the disease. Your feet and toes will look normal.
What Causes Morton’s Neuroma?
Research is still ongoing into the details of what causes Morton’s neuroma, but it’s most likely due to the compression or squeezing of these specific toe nerves. For example, tight shoes—or even high heels—have been linked to developing Morton’s neuroma.
Those at risk for developing Morton’s neuroma have foot issues such as flatfeet, bunions, hammer toes or high arches.
High-impact exercises such as running can also put you at risk because during this activity your feet experience repetitive trauma. In addition, any sport that involves tight shoes, such as rock climbing or skiing can put additional pressure on your toes. Over time, this consistent pressure can lead to Morton’s neuroma.
Next, we’ll take a look at what causes Morton’s neuroma.
What Are the Treatments for Morton’s Neuroma?
The first line of treatment is to use better footwear. Avoid high heels and narrow shoes. Often by using wider shoes that give your toes more room, you can relieve the pressure on the nerves. In addition, custom inserts help at relieving irritation.
At The Bone and Joint Surgery Clinic in Raleigh, we believe in taking a conservative approach to medicine. We will always explore non-surgical options before considering an operation or procedure.
If your pain is not resolved by the methods listed above, we may suggest steroid injections that will bring relief. Each line of treatment will depend upon the individual patient. We realize there is no “one size fits all” when it comes to medicine.
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Our practice has roots dating back to 1971. Since then, we have never wavered in our dedication to providing care that is both compassionate and state-of-the-art. Our board-certified orthopedic surgeons are leaders in their field. For your convenience, we always have a physician on call 24/7.
We understand what causes Morton’s neuroma, and are dedicated to helping patients whether they are avid runners or just those getting a dose of regular exercise.
Are you showing signs of Morton’s neuroma? Have foot and ankle pain made you susceptible to sports injuries?
Contact us for an appointment today.