Morton’s Neuroma could best be described as a very painful condition of the foot whereby the nerves situated between the toes are affected. It is also commonly referred to as Morton’s metatarsalgia. In this condition, a nerve in the foot of a person gets irritated and thickens. As a result, the patient experiences severe pain in the foot. The condition may occur in one or both feet of the patient. Generally, it affects the nerves that are between the third and fourth toes.
In some cases, it also affects the second and third toes. This condition can affect anyone, regardless of their age or gender. However, it is consistent in middle-aged women since they have a tendency to wear high-heeled or very tight shoes that may apply too much pressure on the feet. It is also quite common in runners who apply to much pressure on their toes while they run.
The main symptom of this condition is a burning pain at the base of a person’s toes. It may start off as a tingling sensation in the space between one’s toes which deteriorates with time. There may also occur some numbness in the toes. This pain gets worse when one is walking or wearing shoes that squash your feet.
There are many methods for treatment of Morton’s Neuroma. Some of the non-surgical treatment measures include painkillers, changing or foot wear, losing weight, injections and orthotic devices whereby a soft ball is paced at the ball of the foot to relieve pressure on the nerves. However, surgery is the most effective mode of treatment.
Morton’s Neuroma Surgery is however only recommended if you are suffering from a very severe pain and other forms of treatment have failed to yield results. During this surgery, the surgeon will make a small incision on the bottom or top of the foot so as to gain access to the nerve.
Afterwards, the surgeon will increase the space surrounding this nerve by removal of any tissue surrounding the nerve. If this is not the case, the surgeon may remove part of the nerve. If the procedure is done in this manner, the area that is between your toes will remain numb permanently. After the procedure has been completed, you will have to wear protective shoes until the affected area has healed.
In some cases, it is advisable to have Morton’s Neuroma Surgery since no other form of treatment has worked. However, in most cases, it can be avoided. This type of surgery is often associated with complications thus making it a last resort. For instance, you may end up suffering from post-surgical pain which may be as bad as the original pain or even worse.
In some other cases, you may suffer from foot instability. This type of surgery involves cutting through the transverse metatarsal ligament. This may result in long term gait problems and forefoot splaying. Before you choose to undergo the surgery, ensure you weigh all your options carefully. This is especially true if you are planning on a Morton’s neuroma redo surgery.