Hamilton Foot and Ankle Associates
Podiatrists located in New York, NY & Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, NY
If it feels like you’re stepping on a small pebble when you walk but don’t have anything in your shoe, you may have Morton’s neuroma. But with a dedicated podiatry team available at Hamilton Foot and Ankle Associates in Upper East Side Manhattan and Bay Ridge of Brooklyn, New York, you can get relief from uncomfortable neuromas. Schedule your neuroma evaluation by clicking on the online scheduler or by calling either location directly.
Neuromas Q & A
Why do Morton’s neuromas develop?
Morton’s neuromas are small nerve growths that tend to develop on the ball of your foot, right between your third and fourth toes. While neuromas are often described as benign tumors, they’re actually thickened tissue patches surrounding the nerve that leads to your toes. In most cases, neuromas develop for the following reasons.
- Regularly wearing ill-fitting shoes
- Overuse, like if you’re a runner
- Inherited deformities
You can even develop Morton’s neuroma because of trauma or injury, including sports injuries.
What are the symptoms of Morton’s neuroma?
Morton’s neuromas are known for causing agonizing pain and discomfort. The most unique symptom of a neuroma is the sensation that you’re stepping on a small rock or pebble, but no lump or bump appears on your skin. This sensation is a result of pressure on the affected nerve.
Depending on the severity of your neuroma, you may also experience any of the following symptoms in the ball of your foot.
If left untreated, neuroma symptoms can become so severe that they start keeping you from participating in the activities you enjoy. Even if your neuroma symptoms seem minor or infrequent, the podiatry experts at Hamilton Foot and Ankle Associates can treat you.
Can I get treatment for Morton’s neuroma?
Yes. Your dedicated podiatrist evaluates your feet and checks for the tender spot. They may request an in-office digital X-ray or ultrasound to rule out other related issues, like stress fractures. Once you have a confirmed Morton’s neuroma diagnosis, your podiatrist talks with you about all of your treatment options.
Typically, neuroma treatment plans from Hamilton Foot and Ankle Associates begin with conservative therapies such as:
- Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)
- Corticosteroid injections
- Changes in footwear
- Custom orthotics
As a last resort, the podiatry team may recommend surgery. Neuroma surgery, also known as decompression surgery, involves carefully cutting into the tissue surrounding the nerve to relieve pressure. In complex cases for more severe neuromas, your foot and ankle surgeon at Hamilton Foot and Ankle Associates could recommend removing the affected nerve entirely.
Book your neuroma evaluation at Hamilton Foot and Ankle Associates today. You can request your neuroma exam either online or over the phone with either office.
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