Morton’s Neuroma – The wadded-up sock feeling, when you aren’t wearing one.
Do you have shooting pain or tingling on the bottom of your foot and into the toes? These nerve-like symptoms are classic indications that you may have a condition called a Morton’s Neuroma.
A neuroma is an irritated nerve on the bottom of your foot. It usually occurs between the third and fourth toes (when counting from your big toe toward your pinky toe), but may also occur between the second and third toes. The cause of neuromas is usually a slight abnormality in the way your foot is functioning. If your foot isn’t quite as stable as it should be, in other words, if your arch flattens a little (or lot) more than it should, then the bones on either side of the nerve rub up against the nerve, irritating it. That’s what’s causing your pain, especially with tighter shoes.
As the nerve becomes more irritated and inflamed, it tries to protect itself by building up scar tissue around itself, so it actually gets larger, making it easier for the bones to rub against it. It becomes a progressive condition. The symptoms begin to occur more often, or the pain worsens with time.
The first step is to get the inflammation under control. This will help alleviate the pain. This is accomplished with a simple, in-office treatments such as Cryoanalgesia.
Cryoanalgesia is a minor procedure where very cold temperatures are applied to the nerve in order to decrease its ability to send pain signals. In addition, metatarsal pads may also be used temporarily to take pressure off of the painful nerve. Secondly, we address the cause of the problem by eliminating the instability that is causing the irritation to the nerve. This is accomplished with custom-molded shoe inserts called orthotics.
If you have pain in the ball of your foot and want to do something to alleviate the pain, call our office for an appointment (often same day) (816) 943-1111.