Morton’s neuroma is the most common type of nerve tumor in the foot. This tumor is a benign traumatic enlargement of a nerve in the ball of the foot. It can be caused by injury, but usually is the result of faulty foot function or structure. These factors can generate frequent irritation to the nerve, and subsequently cause an enlargement of that nerve, commonly called a neuroma.
Frequently neuromas cause a burning pain localized in the ball of the foot. This burning sensation may change to a “pins and needles” type of tingling feeling that may travel into the toe or back into the entire foot. The most typical symptom is sudden and severe pain in the ball of the foot while you are walking, which may go into the middle toes as well. If you stop walking, take off your shoe, and massage your foot, the pain usually will ease after several minutes.
If you suffer from these symptoms, it is advisable to see your local podiatrist. After a careful examination to determine the cause of the pain, the foot specialists at A Step Ahead Foot & Ankle Center will be able to prescribe the proper program of treatment. This may include conservative measures such as an injection to calm down the nerve inflammation, or orthotic inserts to reduce the chronic irritation.
In severe cases, the neuroma may not respond to conservative treatment, and removal of the nerve tumor may be necessary to obtain relief. This is a minor surgical procedure often performed in one of our offices at A Step Ahead Foot & Ankle Center.
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The physicians and staff of the A Step Ahead Foot & Ankle Centers maintain two complete podiatric clinical facilities, and provide 24-hour emergency service. We participate in most health plans including Blue Cross Blue Shield, Medicare, and Medicaid. We complete and file all necessary insurance forms, making every effort to assure you of maximum benefits with minimum out-of-pocket expenses.
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