Morton’s Neuroma

Orthopedic Foot & Ankle Institute

Board Certified Orthopedic Surgeons located in Henderson, NV

Morton’s neuroma makes it feel like you’re stepping on a pebble, even when there’s nothing in your shoe. It’s a painful and frustrating nerve condition — but you don’t have to live with it. Dr. Priya Samant and Dr. Roman Sibel offer the latest in foot care at Orthopedic Foot & Ankle Institute in Henderson, Nevada. The providers are trained in diagnosing and treating Morton’s neuroma so that you can get back on your feet comfortably. Call the office or request a consultation online.

Morton’s Neuroma Q & A

What is Morton’s neuroma?

Morton’s neuroma is a patch of thickened nerve tissue in the bottom of your foot. Prolonged pressure or trauma irritates nerve tissue and makes it grow thicker, creating a sensitive (and painful) bundle of nerves that you feel with every step you take.

Anyone can get Morton’s neuroma. It’s particularly common among people who wear high-heeled, tight, or narrow shoes because these types of footwear put extra pressure on the toes and soles of your feet.

Your risk of neuroma may also be higher if you have other foot problems. Unusually high or low arches, bunions, and hammertoes change the way your foot works and may contribute to Morton’s neuroma over time.

What are the symptoms of Morton’s neuroma?

Nerve pain in the ball of your foot characterizes Morton’s neuroma. The pain can feel like:

  • Burning
  • Tingling
  • Numbness 
  • Radiating pain

Morton’s neuroma is most common between the third and fourth toes, and physical activity often worsens symptoms. Taking your shoes off and rubbing your foot may temporarily relieve the pain.

Many people say that having Morton’s neuroma feels like stepping on a pebble or a marble, but there’s nothing there. Even though it feels like you’re stepping on something hard, Morton’s neuromas don’t create a visible lump in your skin.

Can Morton’s neuroma be treated?

Make an appointment with Orthopedic Foot & Ankle Institute if you experience foot pain or discomfort for longer than a few days. Dr. Samant and Dr. Sibel offer the latest in foot care, and they work with you to pinpoint the cause of your pain and treat it effectively.

The doctors typically diagnose Morton’s neuroma with a physical exam, pressing on your foot to find tender spots. Sometimes they order medical imaging. Ultrasound testing helps them locate a neuroma, while an X-ray helps rule out other conditions, like stress fracture.

Some of the most effective methods of relieving Morton’s neuroma symptoms include:

  • Shoes with wide toe boxes
  • Over-the-counter foot cushions
  • Custom orthotics
  • Steroid injections

Many people find that conservative care relieves their discomfort, but some may need surgery. Nerve decompression or nerve removal are two standard options for severe Morton’s neuromas.

A painful sensation under the ball of your foot could be Morton's neuroma. Visit Orthopedic Foot & Ankle Institute to find a solution for your pain. Call or request an appointment online today.