Physiotherapy for Mortons Neuroma
What is Morton’s Neuroma?
Traditionally a neuroma refers to a tumor, however Mortons Neuroma is not considered to be a tumor. Morton’s Neuroma is a condition that affects the balls of the foot, commonly seen between the third and fourth toes. When a person suffers from Morton’s Neuroma, the nerve of their foot becomes inflamed which often makes mobility hard. Individuals who wear tight or ill fitting shoes for long periods of time are more likely to develop Morton’s Neuroma. When people wear ill fitting shoes, excessive pressure is applied to areas of the foot causing thickening of the soft tissue which then puts pressure on the nerve.
Signs and Symptoms of Morton’s Neuroma:
• Pain radiating into the toes
• Numbness and tingling in toes
• Pain increases when weight bearing and wearing narrow or ill fitting shoes
• Feeling like you are standing on a pebble
Risk Factors for Morton’s Neuroma:
Wearing high heels put women at a higher risk of developing Morton’s Neuroma. Individuals who wear tight or shoes that do not fit properly often contribute to the development of Morton’s Neuroma. Those who participate in high impact activities, including running, skiing and rock climbing, subject their feet to repetitive trauma which may lead to Morton’s Neuroma. Many foot deformities including; bunions, hammertoes, higher arches and flat feet, place individuals at an increased risk of developing this condition. On a clinical note, many women develop this condition after removing callus or dead and hardened skin from the ball of the foot. The callus has usually formed as part of a protective feature, and it’s removal can lead to pressure on the nerves in the foot.
Treatment of Morton’s Neuroma:
Treatment of Morton’s Neuroma often includes shockwave therapy, laser therapy, custom orthotics, corrective taping and ultrasound.
At Ace Physio, Registered Physiotherapists and Chiropodists provide the finest assessment and treatments for individuals who suffer from Morton’s Neuroma. At Ace Physio, patients can get custom orthotics to help correct the position of the foot, which `help splay the toes to create more space for the irritated nerve in order to relieve the pressure placed on the area.
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