Morton's neuromas are small yet painful lumps that develop on the ball of the foot, typically between the third and fourth toes. Not only can these small lumps cause you to feel as though you are standing on a pebble, but they can cause burning, numbness or tingling as well.
While no one knows for sure what exactly causes Morton's neuromas to develop, the following risk factors may increase the chances that you will need to visiting your podiatrist Dr. Yong Chae at Active Podiatry in Indianapolis, IN for treatment.
Your Choice of Footwear
Both high heels and shoes that are too tight may increase your chances of developing a neuroma. Opt for comfortable shoes with a low heel and a wide toe box instead.
Certain Physical Activities
While staying active is a great way to stay in shape and maintain a healthy weight, if you choose the wrong sport, you may be setting yourself up for trouble. Certain high impact sports, such as running and jogging may cause enough repetitive foot trauma to lead to a Morton's neuroma.
Certain Foot Deformities
Do you have high arches, flat feet, bunions or hammertoes? If so, something as simple as standing and walking can put extra pressure on the ball of your foot, leading to a Morton's neuroma.
Treatment for Morton's Neuromas
Morton's neuromas can be treated. If you have a neuroma, your podiatrist at Active Podiatry in Indianapolis, IN may suggest custom orthotics, injections or surgery. These treatments can quickly become expensive and time-consuming, however, so it is best to avoid developing a neuroma in the first place if you can.
If you have a small spot of thick tissue on the bottom of your foot, it may be a neuroma. Call your podiatrist Dr. Chae at Active Podiatry in Indianapolis, IN to find out for sure, and to get the treatment you need to make walking comfortable once again.