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Neuroma in Ann Arbor, MI

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Ever feel like a pebble is stuck between your toes? That could be Morton's Neuroma, a common condition that causes pain and discomfort in the ball of your foot. It typically feels like a burning or sharp pain, and tight shoes or high heels can make it worse. If you're experiencing this, don't worry! Read on to learn more about Morton's Neuroma and how Arbor-Ypsi Foot & Ankle Centers can help you get back on your feet pain-free.

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Treating Morton’s Neuroma at Arbor-Ypsi Foot & Ankle Centers

At Arbor-Ypsi Foot & Ankle Centers in Ann Arbor, Michigan, our board-certified podiatrists have extensive experience in diagnosing and treating Morton's Neuroma. We offer a comprehensive approach to relieving your pain and getting you back on your feet comfortably.

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What is Morton’s Neuroma?

Morton's Neuroma is a condition that develops when a nerve in the ball of your foot, typically between the toes, becomes thickened and irritated. This thickening can put pressure on the surrounding tissues, leading to pain, numbness, and other uncomfortable sensations. While Morton's Neuroma can affect any nerve in the forefoot, it most commonly occurs between the third and fourth toes.

What causes Morton’s Neuroma?

The exact cause of Morton's Neuroma isn't fully understood, but several factors are known to contribute to its development:

  • Improper Footwear: Cramming your feet into tight-fitting shoes or wearing high heels for extended periods can squeeze the nerves in your forefoot, leading to irritation and inflammation.
  • Foot Abnormalities: Conditions like bunions, hammertoes, and flat feet can alter the way your foot distributes weight and pressure. This instability can put extra stress on the nerves, increasing the risk of Morton's Neuroma.
  • Activities: Repetitive activities that put a lot of pressure on the forefoot, such as running, jumping, or dancing, can irritate the nerves over time.
  • Foot Injuries: Injuries to the toes or forefoot can damage nerves and contribute to the development of Morton's Neuroma.

Additional Considerations:

  • Age: Morton's Neuroma is more common in middle-aged adults, particularly women.
  • Repetitive stress: Jobs that require prolonged standing or walking on hard surfaces can also increase the risk.

What are the symptoms of Morton’s Neuroma?

Morton's Neuroma can cause a variety of uncomfortable sensations in the forefoot, most commonly between the third and fourth toes. Here are the key symptoms to watch out for:

  • Pain: The hallmark symptom is a sharp, burning, or aching pain in the ball of your foot, often described as feeling like a pebble stuck between your toes.
  • Numbness and Tingling: You may experience numbness or a tingling sensation in the toes affected by the neuroma. This can come and go or be constant.
  • Burning Sensation: A burning feeling in the ball of your foot, which may worsen with activity.
  • Aggravating Factors: Tight shoes, prolonged standing on hard surfaces, and activities that put pressure on the forefoot can all worsen these symptoms.

How is Morton’s Neuroma diagnosed?

Diagnosing Morton's Neuroma typically starts with a conversation. Your podiatrist will ask about your medical history, including any foot injuries or activities that might put stress on your forefoot. They'll also be interested in the types of shoes you wear regularly.

Next comes a thorough physical examination. The podiatrist will visually inspect your foot for abnormalities and gently press on different areas, particularly between your toes, to see if it reproduces your pain. They may also perform a test called Mulder's sign, which involves squeezing the forefoot to see if it elicits a clicking sensation. While X-rays are often used, they won't show the neuroma itself. However, they can be helpful in ruling out other potential causes of your foot pain. In some cases, an ultrasound might be used to get a clearer picture of the soft tissues in your foot and potentially visualize the neuroma.

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How is Morton’s Neuroma treated?

Morton's Neuroma treatment typically starts with conservative measures aimed at reducing pressure and inflammation around the irritated nerve. This may involve switching to wider, supportive shoes and using padding inserts to distribute pressure away from the affected area. Modifying activities that aggravate symptoms and taking over-the-counter pain relievers can also provide relief. If these methods aren't effective, corticosteroid injections can be a powerful tool for reducing inflammation and pain. In rare cases where other treatments fail, surgery might be considered to remove the affected nerve.

Why choose Arbor-Ypsi?

When it comes to Morton's Neuroma treatment, Arbor-Ypsi Foot & Ankle Centers is here to get you back on your feet. Our board-certified Ann Arbor podiatrists combine experience with a commitment to personalized care. We prioritize conservative treatments and utilize advanced technologies when needed. Our goal is to provide a compassionate and informative environment for your journey to pain relief.

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Schedule Your Ann Arbor Morton’s Neuroma Consultation at Arbor-Ypsi Foot & Ankle Centers Today

Don't let Morton's Neuroma hold you back from enjoying an active life. At Arbor-Ypsi Foot & Ankle Centers our experienced Ann Arbor podiatrists can help diagnose and develop a personalized treatment plan to get you back on your feet comfortably. Take control of your foot health and schedule a consultation today!

Morton’s Neuroma Frequently Asked Questions

Is Morton’s Neuroma common?

Yes, Morton's Neuroma is a relatively common foot condition, especially among middle-aged adults.

Is there a permanent solution for Morton’s Neuroma?

While no permanent cure is guaranteed, most cases can be effectively managed with conservative treatments. In severe cases, surgery may offer a permanent solution.

How much does Morton’s Neuroma treatment cost?

The cost of Morton's Neuroma treatment depends on the severity of the case and the treatment options chosen. We recommend consulting with a podiatrist for a cost estimate.

Will my insurance cover Morton’s Neuroma treatment?

Many insurance plans cover Morton's Neuroma treatment. We recommend contacting your insurance provider to determine your specific coverage.

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