Morton’s neuroma 一 a thickened area of tissue between your third and fourth toes 一 can make it seem like you’re walking on a pebble, and unfortunately all of the pressure on your nerves can lead to pain too. The tell-tale symptoms of nerve irritation are tingling, burning, and sharp pain.
If every step you take reminds you of the painful “pebble” in your shoe, you might wonder if your neuroma will ever go away. Below, our team of specialists at Manhattan Podiatry Associates, PC, in Midtown or Downtown Manhattan, answer that question.
Does a neuroma go away on its own?
The short answer is no. Unfortunately, once your neuroma has developed and the tissue has become thickened, it doesn’t go away. However, your symptoms may come and go, so it might be tempting to think the situation has resolved.
Symptoms of a Morton’s neuroma that may come and go include:
- Swelling and pain between your toes
- Tingling sensation
- Numbness at the base of your toes
- Sharp stabbing or stinging pain, especially when you walk
- The sensation that you have a lump or pebble in your shoe
Some lifestyle habits, such as wearing high heel shoes, can exacerbate your symptoms, so you may see an uptick in your discomfort if you start wearing high heels or stand on your feet for long periods.
What can you do for Morton’s neuroma?
Because foot pain can have many causes, it’s important to first confirm that you’re dealing with a neuroma. Our providers are experts at diagnosing and treating foot pain. We diagnose Morton’s neuromas through a comprehensive foot exam, a review of your health history and current symptoms, and an analysis of imaging tests such as X-rays.
There are several actions you can take to help manage the pain of your neuroma and prevent future flare-ups. They include:
- Removing your shoes and flexing your toes
- Massaging your feet
- Applying cold compresses to the ball of your foot
- Swapping out high heels for shoes with a roomy toe box and a thick sole
- Wearing well-fitting shoes that support your arches
In addition to at-home treatments, our team may also recommend:
- Custom orthotics to help take pressure off the ball of your foot and correct any mechanical issues
- Physical therapy
- Cortisone injections to reduce pain and inflammation
- Surgery to remove the affected nerve
Neuromas can develop from biomechanical issues (like having high arches or flat feet), but they can also develop as a result of trauma to your foot or wearing improper footwear. Wearing custom orthotics is especially helpful if mechanical issues contributed to the development of your neuroma.
Your provider takes all of this into account when examining your feet and reviewing your symptoms. But we don’t just look at your symptoms: we take a look at the potential causes of your neuroma to help shape your treatment plan with lifestyle tips to address your specific needs.
Don’t suffer with a neuroma in silence. Book your consultation today and get the customized care you need. Call our New York City location closest to you or simply reserve an appointment online.