Morton's Neuroma

Morton's Neuroma

Morton's Neuroma services offered in Corona and Ontario, CA

If you have tingling, pain, or other unpleasant sensations in the ball of your foot, it could be Morton’s neuroma. At Advanced Care Foot and Ankle, in Corona and Ontario, California, the team of premier podiatry specialists headed by Norris Morrison, DPM, Lateef Lawal, DPM, and Brian Constantine, DPM, uses the most effective strategies to treat and prevent Morton’s neuroma. Book your appointment through the online scheduler or call the office nearest to you for personalized help now.

What is Morton’s neuroma?

Morton’s neuroma is a bundle of nerve tissue that forms a benign (noncancerous) mass in your foot. This type of neuroma typically appears in the bottom of your foot, between the third and fourth toes.

This type of neuroma can develop because of a congenital foot issue, frequent pressure on the ball of your foot (for example, distance running), or wearing high heels or other shoes that thrust your weight to the balls of your feet. People with bunions, hammertoes, or arch abnormalities, like flat feet, are more likely to develop Morton’s neuroma.

Morton’s neuroma can affect anyone, with incidence peaking at age 40-50. It’s about 10 times more common in women. 

What are the symptoms of Morton’s neuroma?

Morton's neuroma symptoms may include:

  • Pain between your toes
  • Pain in the ball of your foot, which increases with pressure in that area
  • Stinging or burning sensations between your toes or in the ball of your foot
  • Feeling of a pebble stuck under the ball of your foot

The symptoms of Morton’s neuroma usually develop gradually. There’s no external sign of this neuroma, like a lump or bump. 

How is Morton’s neuroma diagnosed?

Morton’s neuroma symptoms can mimic those of arthritis, hammertoe, or stress fractures, so you need a foot exam and testing for diagnosis. 

During your exam, the team gently palpates the ball of your foot and asks you to make movements, like wiggling your toes. Your testing may include X-rays, an MRI, diagnostic ultrasound, or an electromyography test of electrical signals within your nerves and muscles.

What is the best treatment for Morton’s neuroma?

The team personalizes your treatment, always putting your feelings and needs first. Conservative treatments usually ease Morton’s neuroma symptoms. The Advanced Care Foot and Ankle team may recommend icing the ball of your foot, custom orthotics, shoe pads, or massaging your foot when the pain begins. 

Oral anti-inflammatory injections can help with neuroma pain, and for severe pain, the team may recommend anesthetic, corticosteroid, or other types of injections. If the more conservative approaches don’t help, the team might recommend a minimally invasive procedure or surgery to eliminate the painful nerve mass.

For premier podiatry care with a personalized touch, call Advanced Care Foot and Ankle or click the online scheduling feature now.