Morton's Neuroma Specialist

Sarasota Foot Care Center

Podiatrists & Foot and Ankle Surgeons located in Sarasota, FL

If you wear tight shoes that squeeze your toes or you participate in high-impact sports like rock climbing or ballet, you’re also more likely to experience Morton’s neuroma. At Sarasota Foot Care Center, with two convenient locations in Sarasota, Florida, the team offers onsite diagnostic testing and custom care plans for Morton’s neuroma to help patients return to their favorite activities as soon as possible. To schedule an appointment, call the office in Sarasota North or Gulf Gate Sarasota, or book a consultation online.

Morton's Neuroma Q & A

What is Morton’s neuroma?

Morton’s neuroma is a benign nerve tumor that causes pain and general discomfort in the ball of the foot. It occurs due to a thickening of the nerve tissue that leads to the toes.

In its early stages, Morton’s neuroma presents few symptoms. As the condition gets worse, you may experience a sharp shooting or burning pain. You might also notice that your third and fourth toes sting or become numb. 

Who is at risk of Morton’s neuroma?

Morton’s neuroma affects people of all ages, genders, and races. Several factors may increase your risk, including:

  • Wearing high-heeled shoes
  • Wearing tight shoes that place pressure on your toes or the balls of your feet
  • Participating in high-impact sports like snow-skiing or running
  • Having a foot deformity such as high arches or flat feet

Other foot problems like bunions and hammertoes may also increase your risk of Morton’s neuroma.

How is Morton’s neuroma diagnosed?

Your podiatrist at Sarasota Foot Care Center diagnoses Morton’s neuroma by reviewing your medical history, asking about your symptoms and lifestyle, and physically examining your feet and toes. 

During the exam, your provider gently presses on your foot, feeling for a mass or tender spot. They also listen for a “clicking” sensation between the bones of your toes.

Next, your provider orders onsite diagnostic testing, like digital X-rays or an ultrasound. These tools provide detailed images of the bones, joints, and soft tissues in your feet and toes. 

They also increase the impact of treatment, allowing you to get back to your activities as soon as possible. You may also have a gait analysis.

How is Morton’s neuroma treated?

Treatment of Morton’s neuroma depends on the severity of your symptoms and its effect on your quality of life. Usually, the team at Sarasota Foot Care Center recommends taking a holistic, integrative approach. 

For example, you might benefit from lifestyle changes like wearing more comfortable shoes, getting plenty of rest, and taking over-the-counter painkillers.

If your pain persists, you might benefit from neuroma therapy. Neuroma therapy uses arch supports and foot pads to reduce pressure on the nerves in your feet. The team at Sarasota Foot Care Center can mold custom orthotics to support your foot’s unique structure.

You might also benefit from alcohol sclerosing injections. During this type of treatment, your podiatrist injects a solution of very low concentration alcohol into your neuroma. To achieve the best possible results, you receive a series of up to six injections.

If therapy and conservative treatments aren’t effective, you might benefit from corticosteroid injections, shockwave therapy, or surgical intervention. 

There are several types of surgery for Morton’s neuroma. Decompression surgery relieves pressure on the affected nerve by cutting ligaments or tendons, while surgical removal of the nerve eradicates the neuroma.

To learn more about treatment for Morton’s neuroma, schedule an appointment at Sarasota Foot Care Center. Call or book a consultation online.