There are a number of different Morton’s neuroma treatment options available, with varying success rates. It can be confusing trying to determine which the best treatment option is and we therefore recommended that if you suspect that you have Morton’s neuroma or a similar foot condition you book an appointment with a qualified podiatrist for advice on how to proceed. The sooner you seek Morton’s neuroma treatment the better as an untreated neuroma will continue to develop.
Treatment for Morton’s Neuroma
A podiatrist will be able to provide a number of different Morton’s neuroma treatment options depending on what has caused the neuroma and how developed it is.
The treatment process will begin with the podiatrist establishing a correct diagnosis, either by using Mulder’s sign or by ordering special diagnostic imaging to allow them to see the neuroma. They may also attempt to feel the enlarged nerve by physically manipulating your foot.
The podiatrist will need to identify why the neuroma has formed in order to provide the most suitable treatment. Anything which causes irritation to the nerve sheath can lead to Morton’s neuroma and addressing the cause of the neuroma can often in itself prove an effective treatment.
If restricted joint movement is found to be the cause of your neuroma a podiatrist will gently mobilise the joint. Alternatively if you have an abnormal foot motion, the podiatrist will prescribe casted orthotics to correct this. In some cases injecting powerful anti-inflammatory medication around the affected nerve in the foot may be the best course of action.
Morton’s Neuroma Surgery
Morton’s neuroma surgery involving a surgical excision of the affected nerve is generally a ‘last resort’ treatment for Morton’s neuroma due to potential complications such as scar tissue, loss of normal sensations and recurrence. Cryosurgery for Morton’s neuroma is much more effective alternative which offers numerous advantages over traditional Morton’s neuroma surgery.
Relief from Morton’s Neuroma Symptons
Relieving yourself from the symptons of Morton’s neuroma not only provides pain relief, but may also help prevent the condition from worsening.
Wearing the wrong type of footwear is an extremely common cause of Morton’s neuroma, particularly high heals and those with a narrow toe box which compress the toes. These should therefore be avoided. The best type of shoes for relief from symptoms are typically good running or walking shoes which have a broad forefoot, low heel, and a good arch. A podiatrist will also be able to use orthopaedic pads to relieve pressure on the nerve in the foot. If you are an over promator pronation control orthotics like the Orthosport Activ-8™ orthotic should be used.
If you are experiencing pain remove the shoe and massage the forefoot area and toes. Calf-stretching exercises may also temporarily reduce the amount of pain and, since the source of the pain caused by Morton’s neuroma is an irritated nerve, completely resting the foot will also provide relief.