How Annapolis Foot & Ankle Podiatrists Can Help

Blue image with yellow highlighted area indicating pain of Morton's neuroma in foot | Annapolis PodiatristIf you suspect you have a foot neuroma, it’s important to make an appointment with one of our experienced podiatrists so they can assess, diagnose, and treat your condition right away. We’ll start by:

  • Obtaining a medical history.
  • Completing a physical examination and pressing on areas to pinpoint tenderness or unusual warmth.
  • Utilize diagnostic equipment like X-rays, MRIs, and ultrasounds to rule out other conditions such as stress fractures, foot deformities, or arthritis.

Treatment Options

There are several ways our skilled podiatrists can help you manage discomfort so you can get on with your life. Here are some of the ways we address treating Morton’s neuromas

  • Anti-inflammatory medications like ibuprofen or acetaminophen
  • Ice the impacted area of the foot for 20 minutes, several times per day
  • Rest for a few days
  • Start exercises that stretch and strengthen the foot
  • Anesthetic or steroid shots

Approximately 80 percent of Morton’s neuroma cases can be effectively treated without the need for surgery. Because surgery carries an increased risk of complications and has a more extensive recovery time than less invasive options, the doctors at Annapolis Foot & Ankle Center and other podiatry experts always explore other available options before recommending surgery. However, should you need a surgical procedure, we’ll explain the different methods and what you can expect during recovery. 

Consequences of Ignoring a Neuroma 

Just because this tissue isn’t cancerous doesn’t mean you should ignore the problem. Morton’s neuromas don’t typically resolve on their own. Not treating them may result in:

  • Infection
  • Nerve damage
  • Chronic pain
  • Limping
  • Need for surgery that could have been avoided with more timely treatment

Tips For Preventing Morton’s Neuromas

If you’re just learning about Morton’s neuromas and want to prevent more from developing in the future, here’s what we often recommend to our patients. 

Choose Proper Footwear

Always select shoes that meet the following specifications:

  • Heels lower than 2 inches
  • Wide toe box that allows you to wiggle your toes
  • Soles with good shock protection

To widen the tox box of shoes you already own, you might be able to stretch them—we have suggestions for this process. It’s also a good idea to consider custom orthotics or padded insoles for added shock absorption and to prevent foot deformities from creating further issues. 

Weight Management 

Studies indicate that carrying extra weight creates excessive wear and tear on your lower body. By some estimates, every additional pound over a healthy weight increases pressure on your feet by up to eight pounds more.

Cross Training

If you participate in a high-impact sport, consider integrating other activities into your routine so that you’re not always stressing your feet. Alternate with non-weight-bearing activities such as swimming, some forms of yoga, and chair exercises. 

Taking a Break

Taking regular breaks may be helpful if your work is hard on your feet. Anti-fatigue mats in areas where you have to stand on a hard surface for long periods are also beneficial.

Eric Harmelin, DPM
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Experienced Amputation Prevention Specialist and Podiatrist in Annapolis, Stevensville, and Glen Burnie, MD.