The Answers You Need to Settle Your Foot Care Questions
Sometimes it can be difficult to find the right answers to your questions. Other times it can be too embarrassing to even ask the right questions. That is why we take the initiative to answer common foot care queries without the need to be asked. Come get the answers you and your feet need.
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What Causes Morton's Neuroma?
Morton’s neuroma is a condition in which patients experience pain and numbness in their forefoot. This happens because of a fibrous tissue formation, or neuroma, that grows in your nerve cells—usually between your third and fourth toes. The resulting inflammation may cause you to feel a sharp, burning pain in the ball of your foot, or you could experience numbness. The usual causes of Morton’s neuroma are injuries, pressure, and irritation. The condition often occurs with physically active people who do a lot of jumping and running, and women who wear high heels on a regular basis. Treatments include ice and pain medications, and a switch to more comfortable footwear.
For more about Morton’s neuroma, call Dr. Robert Parker at (281) 497-2850, or visit Parker Foot and Ankle in Houston Texas. We can help pinpoint the cause of your pain and numbness and get you back to feeling great again.
How do I Know if I have a Neuroma?
Neuroma signs vary, but you tend to notice the problems in your feet when you stand. You may feel like you’re standing on a pebble. Frequently, you experience a burning pain in the affected area that radiates to other parts of the foot. You may develop numb patches or tingling as well, especially in your toes. The most common benign nerve tumor in the lower limbs is a Morton’s neuroma, which is in between the third and fourth metatarsal heads. All of the symptoms of this problem manifest in the ball of the foot or in the digits.
Nerve damage can be permanent if not addressed quickly enough. Don’t wait to have foot pain examined. If you’re concerned you may have a neuroma somewhere in your lower limbs, have it evaluated. Dr. Robert Parker can diagnose the condition and help you begin targeted treatment to relieve your pain. Contact Parker Foot & Ankle in Houston, TX, by calling (281) 497-2850 for more information or make an appointment by filling out our online contact page.
Can Morton’s Neuroma be Prevented?
Although no one is completely sure what causes this nerve damage to occur, certain measures can help you prevent Morton’s neuroma. The swelling and thickening of the nerve tissue is related to chronic stress and irritation near the affected toes. Avoiding footwear that forces extra weight onto the balls of the feet or pinches the toes can help. Make sure you have sufficient padding under the ball of the foot as well. Any preexisting conditions that may alter your gait or stress your forefoot should also be treated.
If you’re concerned that you may be developing a Morton’s neuroma, or have any other signs of nerve damage in your lower limbs, don’t ignore the pain or you could incur permanent damage. Contact Parker Foot & Ankle in Houston for an appointment or more information for help treating or preventing this condition. Visit the online contact page or call (281) 497-2850 to reach the office.