Neuromas of the foot, also called Morton’s neuroma, are caused by chronic inflammation and the thickening of the nerve in the ball of the foot. The main symptoms are sharp, stabbing pain just under the second, third, and fourth toes. Morton’s neuroma will not go away on its own, and it is not “curable.” As painful as neuromas may be, the good news is that only two in 10 patients will need surgery to manage the symptoms. In fact, you can often manage the pain caused by this condition by following a simple home treatment for foot neuromas.
The latest series of guidelines to come down the pipeline from the American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society urge caution and restraint in treating a number of conditions.1http://www.aofas.org/medical-community/health-policy/Documents/Choosing_Wisely_FINAL_9.5.14.pdf Podiatrists may be too quick to offer prescriptions or therapies, telling patients what they want to hear — rather than judiciously recommending treatments based on symptoms and trying the most conservative options first. While this may be frustrating to patients — especially ones who have recently switched foot doctors — sometimes less is best in this industry. Here’s what the society recently had to say about everything from bunions and flat feet to plantar fasciitis and Morton’s neuromas.
Some people say Morton’s neuroma feels like they are walking on a marble lodged in the ball of the foot. They say that sharp pain radiates from the ball of the foot out to the third and fourth toes, similar to the sensation of hitting the elbow’s funny bone. Often times, Mortons neuroma causes a sharp, burning pain in the ball of your foot and a stinging or numbness in the toes. This is one of the conditions we treat at our NYC Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine.
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