Morton’s Neuroma | Galleria Podiatry

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Definition

A neuroma is a thickening of the nerve that supplies the toes. It usually occurs between the 2nd, 3rd or 4th toes. The swelling and thickness of this nerve allows it to become easily compressed (pinched) or irritated.

Symptoms

  • Pins and needles, shooting pains in the toes.
  • Numbness in the toes.
  • Pain is generally worse on standing and while in tight shoes.
  • Hard or uneven terrain can aggravate the condition.
  • Relief is obtained by squeezing the foot or massaging the area.

Causes

Excessive pronation (feet “rolling” inwards) results in the joints at the ball of the foot moving closer together. This in turn results in the nerves, which are situated between the joints, being compressed or irritated. The condition is more common in middle-aged women who wear tight, narrow, unsupportive footwear.
Men, however, can also suffer from the condition.

Treatment

Control of excessive pronation with orthotics (custom-made shoe inserts) improves foot function, prevents the joints at the ball of the feet moving together and therefore prevents the nerves being compressed or irritated. Orthotics can also reduce pressure on the nerves.

Your PODIATRIST will also assess your foot for structural problems that may lead to this condition.

Padding and strapping may also be applied by your PODIATRIST to reduce nereve compression.

As a last resort, surgery may be required in severe cases. This involves removing the thickened part of the nerve.

Pain of this type may also benefit from the use of a pain relieving gel or LIFESOLES which can be found in our Online shop.

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Coronavirus Update

Here’s What We’ve Done:

* We’ve increased our hand sanitation procedures (above Government recommendations).
* We’ve implemented extremely high levels of surface cleaning in the clinic (above Government recommendations) between every patient and routinely throughout the day and all patients are being asked to use hand sanitizer on arrival in the clinic.
* We’ve also removed some waiting room chairs in order to abide by social distancing recommendations.
* We’re screening every patient for every consultation to determine if they safe to be treated in our clinic.
* We’ve instructed all our staff that they are to stay at home if they are feeling unwell and have also instructed them to turn away any patients who don’t pass our screening questions or are unwell on arrival.

Here’s What We’re Offering:

* Home visits to our elderly and high risk patients at a heavily reduced cost for the next 3 months.
* Avoid the Waiting Room: We’re happy for you to wait in your car in our carpark. Just call us to check-n, then we’ll call you when your podiatrist is ready to see you.

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