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Neuromas Specialist

InStride Comprehensive Foot and Ankle Center

Zachary Nellas, DPM

Podiatrist & Foot and Ankle Surgeon located in Charlotte, NC

Neuromas refer to the thickening of nerve tissue. When a neuroma affects the nerves in your feet, it results in painful symptoms that can worsen over time. If you experience numbness or pain in the ball of your foot, the team at InStride Comprehensive Foot and Ankle Center in Charlotte, North Carolina, offers a wide range of safe and effective treatments. Led by foot and ankle specialist Zachary Nellas, DPM, the team works with you to determine the best treatment for your condition. To speak with Dr. Nellas about your foot pain, book an appointment by phone or online today.

Neuromas Q & A

What is Morton’s neuroma?

Morton’s neuroma is a type of neuroma that affects the nerves leading to your toes. Morton’s neuroma occurs when the tissue around one of these nerves becomes thickened. This results in a sharp, sometimes burning pain in the ball of your foot. Many people with Morton’s neuroma compare the condition to the feeling of having a rock or pebble stuck in their shoe. Symptoms typically begin gradually and worsen as the neuroma enlarges. If left untreated, Morton’s neuroma can cause permanent damage to the nerves in your foot. 

What causes Morton’s neuroma?

Morton’s neuroma is caused by pressure and irritation to the nerves leading to your toes. There are a number of issues that can contribute to irritation of these nerves, including:

  • Wearing high heels
  • Wearing tight or narrow shoes
  • Foot deformities
  • Injuries 

Anything that causes pressure or irritation to the nerves in your feet can lead to Morton’s neuroma. Certain activities like running or playing tennis can put repetitive stress on your feet and increase your risk of developing the condition. 

What treatments are available?

Treatment depends on the severity of your condition. Before you begin treatment, Dr. Nellas conducts a physical exam, felling for tenderness and other abnormalities. He may also perform imaging tests like an X-ray or MRI to view the inside of your foot and rule out other conditions like stress fractures or strains. 

In most cases, treatment for Morton’s neuroma begins with conservative methods. Dr. Nellas may combine a number of conservative treatments to develop the most effective comprehensive treatment plan. 

Depending on your condition, your treatment plan may include:

  • Footwear changes
  • Orthotics
  • Padding
  • Icing
  • Injections 
  • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)

The goal of conservative treatment is to alleviate your pain and relieve the pressure and irritation causing your condition. If your condition doesn’t respond to conservative care, you may require surgery. 

What if I need surgery?

In some cases, Morton’s neuroma requires surgery. Dr. Nellas offers a number of safe and effective procedures to relieve your pain and restore the health of your foot. The goal of surgical treatment is to decompress or remove the affected nerve. To find out which treatment is right for your condition, call InStride Comprehensive Foot and Ankle Center or book online today.