What is Morton’s Neuroma?
When a nerve tissue grows in the foot and becomes inflammatory, it’s called a neuroma. Anatomically, the swollen nerve tissue is usually between the second and third or the third and fourth heads of metatarsals.
When the bones of the forefoot come together, they rub against the foot nerve present in the adjoining toes.
Whenever you flex, you will feel a clicking sound in your toes; it can also feel like the sensation of walking on small stones or sharp sensations underside your foot
Injury, stress, or irritation in nerves that lead to neuroma can be due to problematic footwear such as high heels or tight shoes. It can also be caused due to deformities in the foot or due to activity levels.
Treatment for Morton’s Neuroma
Neurectomy refers to the removal of neuroma using surgical methods. Surgery removes the problematic nerve tissues. As with most surgical options, it is the last resort; especially because the outcome isn’t usually positive for a neurectomy. There is a one-in-five chance that the neuroma becomes Morton’s Stump Neuroma, which is even more bothersome than the original problem.
Our podiatrist team can provide better alternatives to neurectomy; the alternative known as cryosurgery which takes considerably less time and doesn’t require any stitches.
The neuroma is frozen in cryosurgery; which causes degradation of the affected nerve tissue which has the nociceptors, effectively reducing the activity of the affected nerve. This stops the pain and prevents any future complications as well.
Before attempting any treatment, check with your podiatrist first to assess and provide advice.