Recovery for Morton Neuroma surgery is relatively quick. Usually, Morton Neuroma surgery patients are in a surgical shoe for 2-4 weeks depending on how well healing is going. Returning to a regular shoe after surgery in 2-6 weeks is typical.
What is a Morton Neuroma?
A Morton’s Neuroma is swelling in between the toes in the nerve area, causing severe pain.
Symptoms of Morton Neuroma
Patients with Morton Neuroma’s develop pain on the bottom of their foot near the toes. Pain ranges from a mild pain to very painful, depending on the severity. The most common complaint patients have would be “it feels like I am walking on a rock.” Walking bare foot can be extremely painful with a Neuroma. Although Morton Neuroma’s are most common between the third and fourth toe the can occur any where at the base of the toes.
- Pain on bottom of foot near the toes
- The feeling of walking on a rock
- Extreme pain while barefoot
What causes Morton’s Neuroma?
The most common cause for a Morton’s Neuroma is improper foot wear. That being said, there are many more reasons to develop a Neuroma. Constant pressure or repetitive activity to the bottom of your foot can create Neuroma. Tight shoes such as high heels or dress shoes create a lot of pressure to the ball of your foot and can cause a neuroma. Other conditions such as Bunion’s, hammer toes and narrow fat pad to the ball of the foot can cause also cause unwanted pressure creating a Morton’s Neuroma.
- Improper foot wear (high heels, limited arch support)
- Constant pressure
- Repetitive activity (running, standing, etc.)
- Hammer toes
- Narrow fat pad
When to seek treatment
Pain in the ball of the foot is the number one reason to seek out treatment for a Morton’s Neuroma. The pain can hinder day to day activities such as walking and exercise. If you notice any change in your foot, it is best to have it examined.
Treating Morton’s Neuroma
There are many ways to help treat Morton’s Neuroma depending on the severity. For less chronic conditions you could get new shoes with better arch support, wider toe box and more padding. Losing weight or changing exercises can dramatically help pain caused by Morton’s Neuroma. If these do not help there are more steps that can be made to improve the situation. Doctors at Advanced Foot and Ankle can prescribe anti inflammatory medications or custom orthotics for your shoes. Injections can also be given to help reduce the swelling caused from a Neuroma. If the issue still stands, surgery would be the final option.
- New shoes with arch support
- Weight loss
- Adding variety to exercises
- Anti-inflammatory medication
- Custom orthotics
Morton’s Neuroma Surgery
The doctors at Advanced foot and ankle would simply make an incision to your foot and remove the inflamed nerve.