There isn’t a much better way to spend a few hours on a Spring day then going on a quick run. While on your run, or going about your day, have you ever felt like something was in your shoe, kind of like your socks were bunched up, but you find that nothing was there? That is one of the most common symptoms of Morton’s neuroma. What exactly is this condition, and is this something that you need to worry about?
What is Morton’s Neuroma?
Morton’s neuroma is a condition where the nerve tissue around the plantar nerve becomes inflamed. This swelling of the plantar nerve can cause discomfort (that feeling that something is in your shoe), numbness, and even pain at the base of the third and fourth toes. While there are not many outward signs of the condition, such as swelling or discoloration, applying pressure on the ball of the foot will cause pain or discomfort. While examining the foot for diagnosis, your podiatrist will also be listening for any audible clicks that occur from manipulating the affected area.
Runners and people who are on their feet all day are at risk for developing Morton’s neuroma. This is especially true for professional women who wear narrow toed shoes and actively jog. Fortunately, buying appropriately sized shoes goes a long way to avoiding Morton’s neuroma. Treatment varies depending on how quickly the neuroma is caught. If detected early, the condition can be managed with orthopedic padding and swelling can be managed with ice packs and anti-inflammatory medication. You should also try to avoid putting too much pressure on your feet, this means wearing wider shoes and staying off of your feet until the neuroma has subsided. Unfortunately, if Morton’s neuroma is not caught early then surgery may be required to relieve the swollen nerve.
Concerned About Morton’s Neuroma?
If you find that your feet are causing you pain on your jog then you should schedule some time to visit a podiatrist. While Morton’s neuroma is initially benign, if it is allowed to progress it can cause serious damage. Coloradans pride themselves on leading active and healthy lifestyles. Do not let a preventable condition keep you from running, hiking, or playing sports this spring. You should keep your feet in professional hands that you can trust. If you live in the Northern Colorado area why not trust the health of your feet with the Foot and Ankle Center of Northern Colorado? We have two convenient locations in Longmont and Greeley that can meet any of your feet needs, including treating Morton’s neuroma. If you would like to schedule an appointment with Drs. Daniel Hatch, Mike Vaardahl, and Stacy Atherton give us a call at (970) 351-0900 for our Greeley office or (303) 772-3232 for our location in Longmont.