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What is a Neuroma?

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A neuroma is a thickening of nerve tissue that may develop in various parts of the body. The most common neuroma in the foot is a Morton’s Neuroma, which occurs between the third and fourth toes. It is sometimes referred to as an intermetatarsal neuroma. Intermetatarsal describes its location in the ball of the foot between the metatarsal bones.

Neuromas may also occur in other locations in the foot. The thickening of the nerve that defines a neuroma is the result of compression and irritation of the nerve. This compression creates enlargement of the nerve, causing the symptoms of Morton’s Neuroma and eventually leading to permanent nerve damage.

Morton's Neuroma:

Have you ever had a sharp pain radiating to the toes? Ever feel like you have a pebble in your shoe that bothers you when you walk? You may have a condition called Morton's Neuroma. A neuroma is an inflamed portion of a nerve in the foot where it divides prior to heading toward the toes. This type of condition is diagnosed based on exam and imaging such as an ultrasound or MRI. Treatment options are straight forward as well. Conservative treatment options include injections and custom orthotics. Most patients do feel relief from conservative treatment modalities.

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