Linh Nguyen, DPM
3334 Paper Mill Rd
Phoenix, MD 21131
(410) 666-FOOT (3668)
F: (410) 666-3669

Morton’s Neuroma Treatment in Phoenix, MD

Morton’s neuroma is a prevalent condition characterized by pain in the ball of the foot, typically occurring between the third and fourth toes. Often likened to the sensation of having a small rock or marble in one’s shoe, Morton’s neuroma involves a thickening of the tissue surrounding the nerves leading to the toes, rather than an actual tumor.

Causes and Symptoms of Morton’s Neuroma

The primary culprit behind Morton’s neuroma is ill-fitting footwear that compresses or misaligns the toes, leading to uneven weight distribution. Individuals with this condition often find relief by changing shoes, altering their gait, or massaging the affected area.

While improper footwear is the primary cause, several other factors contribute to Morton’s neuroma development, including trauma, biomechanical abnormalities, repetitive stress, and overuse. Symptoms typically manifest as a burning sensation in the ball of the foot, tingling or numbness in the toes after prolonged stress, or the sensation of walking on a foreign object.

Diagnosis and Treatment of Morton’s Neuroma

Diagnosing Morton’s neuroma entails a physical examination by a podiatrist, who will palpate for tenderness or masses in the affected area. Imaging tests such as x-rays or ultrasound may be conducted to rule out other potential causes of foot pain.

Non-surgical and non-invasive treatment options are often effective for managing Morton’s neuroma. These include:

  • Changing footwear to accommodate the foot properly
  • Using custom orthotics to provide support and alignment
  • Administering cortisone injections to alleviate inflammation
  • Employing rest and ice therapy to reduce discomfort
  • Taking anti-inflammatory medications to alleviate pain and inflammation

If conservative measures fail to alleviate symptoms, surgical intervention may be recommended. Surgical options include decompression surgery to relieve nerve pressure by cutting nearby structures or nerve removal. The choice of treatment depends on the severity of symptoms and individual circumstances, as determined by the podiatrist.

Office Hours

Monday: 8:30am 5:00pm
Tuesday: 1:30pm 7:00pm
Wednesday: 10:30am 5:00pm
Thursday: Closed
Friday: 8:30am 5:00pm
Saturday: By Appointment

Office Location

Family Foot and Ankle Care

3334 Paper Mill Road
Phoenix, MD 21131-1419
O: 410-666- FOOT (3668)
F: 410-666-3669