Morton's Neuroma Specialist

Boca Raton Podiatry

Podiatrists located in Boca Raton, FL

Morton’s neuroma can be so painful it brings tears to your eyes, but fortunately, there are effective treatments that can relieve this seemingly incessant pain on the ball of your foot. At Boca Raton Podiatry, Dennis R. Frisch, DPM, and Jennifer Kazamias, DPM, offer quality solutions for Morton’s neuroma, including nonsurgical and surgical procedures. If you’re dealing with foot pain, don’t wait any longer. Find pain relief and call the Boca Raton, Florida, office today or use the online scheduling system.

Morton's Neuroma

What is Morton’s neuroma?

Morton’s neuroma is a painful condition involving thickened tissue around one of the nerves that leads to your toes. 

This swelling and compression of the nerve results in a sharp, burning pain in the ball of your foot — usually the area between your third and fourth toes. Your toes might also burn, sting, or feel numb.

There isn’t usually any obvious sign of Morton’s neuroma, such as a lump. Morton’s neuroma might make you feel like you’re standing on a stone or pebble in your shoe. In some cases, Morton’s neuroma can lead to permanent nerve damage.

What causes Morton’s neuroma?

Morton’s neuroma is a response to pressure, irritation, or injury to one of the nerves leading to your toes. Some of the factors that increase your risk of developing Morton’s neuroma include:

  • Wearing high heels frequently
  • Engaging in certain sports, particularly high-impact athletic activities like running
  • Having certain foot deformities, such as hammertoes, bunions, and flat feet

If you experience foot pain lasting longer than a few days, you should visit Boca Raton Podiatry as soon as possible for evaluation and treatment.

How is Morton’s neuroma diagnosed?

To diagnose Morton’s neuroma, your podiatrist usually presses on your foot to check for a tender spot or mass or any clicking sensations between your foot bones. 

Your podiatrist might suggest various imaging tests, such as a convenient in-office digital X-ray to gain a clearer picture of your foot health.

How is Morton’s neuroma treated?

The right treatment for Morton’s neuroma typically depends on the severity of your symptoms. Your Boca Raton Podiatry doctor might suggest:

  • Steroid injections or other pain-relieving injections
  • RICE — Rest, ice, compression, and elevation
  • Anti-inflammatory medications
  • Custom orthotics
  • Healthy lifestyle modifications, such as exercise, nutrition, and stress management
  • Surgical procedures, possibly to remove the nerve 

You can also try changing your footwear and avoid wearing high heels or tight shoes. Your podiatrist might suggest weight loss if you’re carrying excess body weight that might be exacerbating your condition.

Custom orthotics can be especially beneficial to reduce your pain and improve functioning. Custom orthotics can be effectively molded to fit the exact contours of your foot and can include a range of quality footwear and devices, such as arch supports, foot pads, and even special shoes. The objective is to reduce pressure on the nerve.

In some cases, your podiatrist might recommend a surgical procedure if other treatments haven’t been successful.

If you have concerns about foot pain, get the relief you deserve and call Boca Raton Podiatry or schedule online today.