Morton’s neuroma most commonly affects the space between the third and fourth toes. It is a condition that affects one of the plantar digital nerves that run between the metatarsals in the foot. It most commonly affects the nerve between the third and fourth metatarsal bones, causing pain and numbness in the third and fourth toes. Rarely, it can affect the nerves between the second and third toes. It can also affects the nerve between the second and third metatarsal bones, causing symptoms in the second and third toes.
People that wear inappropriate footwear is one of the biggest causes of Morton’s neuroma. Morton’s neuroma happens when one of your nerves is stretched and pinched. Other factors that may contribute to Morton’s neuroma include people with flat feet, bunions, hammertoes, and other forefoot problems. Women are 8 to 10 times more likely to get Morton’s Neuroma. Women that wear high heels frequently increases the risk of developing Morton's Neuroma. Individuals that participate in a lot of high impact sports such as jumping or running have a high risk of developing Morton's Neuroma. People that have jobs that require long hours of standing or walking are also at high risk. It is more common, however, with hammertoes or overlapping hammertoe deformity.
Most professional health care providers can do a basic examination of the foot to determine if you possibly have Morton's Neuroma. A foot x-ray may be performed to rule out bone problems. An MRI or ultrasound can successfully diagnose the condition especially if there is damage to the surrounding soft tissue. Blood tests may also be done to check for inflammation-related issues that might be presented during test mentioned above.
Physical therapy is very common for the treatment of Morton's Neuroma. Jacksonville Orthopedic Institute provides physical therapy as an important tool to help healing and reduction of pain. The types of physical therapy that are used for Morton’s neuroma might include:
Ankle Eversion with T-band: repeat 20 x
Ankle Inversion with T-band: repeat 20 x
Ankle Plantar Flexion with T-band: repeat 20 x
Ankle Dorsal Flexion with T-band: repeat 20 x.
The best way to decrease the symptoms of Morton's neuroma is to avoid wearing high-heeled or narrow-toed shoes. We advise wearing roomy, comfortable shoes with adequate padding in the ball of the foot. Also, the application of ice packs to the inflamed area will also help decreasing pain an inflammation. Also if your symptoms of Morton's Neuroma are bad at maybe advisable to lay off standing and walking for long periods help with decrease pain while decreasing inflammation. If you would like to learn more about other toe injuries, please read this article.
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