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By Family Foot & Ankle Care PC
May 21, 2020
Category: Foot Issues
Tags: morton's neuroma   neuroma  
Morton's NeuromaA podiatrist can help you with a variety of conditions that affect the feet, including Morton’s neuroma. A neuroma is the thickening of nerve tissue in the body, with Morton's neuroma specifically happening in the ball of the foot. It’s caused by an irritation in the nerve between the third and fourth toes. Patients experience pain while walking, with a burning, tingling, or numbness. 
Developing Morton’s Neuroma
There isn’t any known cause for Morton’s neuroma. There are a few factors that can increase your risk though. These include: 
  • Trauma or injury to the foot, damaging the nerve and resulting in swelling.
  • Improper footwear, like shoes that squeeze the foot together. High heels also increase pressure on the vulnerable areas.
  • Recurring stress to the feet through repeated physical activities or exercise. This is common with patients who are constantly on their feet due to their job. 
  • Deformities of the foot, like a high arch or flat foot. These lead to instability throughout the foot. 
The most important thing that your podiatrist recommends is wearing comfortable shoes. You don’t want anything that squeezes or hurts. Always wear athletic shoes when engaging in any physical activity. 
How to Treat Morton’s Neuroma at Home
Start by finding shoes that give your toes lots of room and are easily adjustable. The soles need to be shock-absorbent and thick. This keeps the pressure off the feet. You should also invest in shoe inserts or soles recommended by your podiatrist. Lastly, pay attention to your feet and their pain levels. When your Morton’s neuroma starts to act up, take a minute to rest. Take off your shoe and massage the area. An ice pack brings down the swelling too. 
Talking to Your Podiatrist
You should schedule an appointment with your podiatrist as soon as you experience foot problems. Morton’s neuroma gets worse without treatment. Identifying the neuroma early on can prevent needing aggressive treatment options like surgery. 
For early forms of Morton’s neuroma, changing your shoes is enough to relieve your symptoms. Your podiatrist’s goal for early treatment is to relieve pressure from the affected area. After going through a physical examination and having X-rays done, your podiatrist creates a treatment plan that works for you. 
There are a few different options that can work for you:
  • Taping and padding: This is a special type of tape and bandages that you place on the bottom of the foot. This helps with your symptoms. 
  • Orthotics: These are the custom shoes that your podiatrist can create for you. 
  • Medication: Cortisone injections reduce the pain and inflammation in the foot. Anti-inflammatory drugs also reduce your swelling. 
  • Surgery is the last resort for treatment. The procedure is done on an outpatient basis. The injured nerve is removed and recovery takes a few weeks.
By Family Foot & Ankle Care, PC
March 01, 2017
Category: Foot Care

Foot and ankle injuries among dancers is common, particularly in the foot and ankle and understanding the potential injuries can keep dancers on their toes!

The 3 most common injuries in dancers:

  1. Stress Fractures
  2. Tendon Injuries
  3. Sprains and Strains

Any foot or ankle injury that includes bleeding, severe pain, loss of sensation or increased weakness should be brought to a doctor’s attention for evaluation.  Dr. Discont and Dr. Krahn specialize in foot and ankle injury treatment.  In addition to the three most common injuries, we also see Morton’s Neuroma and Plantar Fasciitis from over usage of feet and ankles among dancers. These conditions are similar in that they consist of pain in between the 2nd and 3rd toes and can feel like pins and needles, numbness, or burning sensation in the feet. Symptoms become more intense when wearing the wrong shoe.

Dancing on Pointe is the culprit for another condition called Tendinopathy. Tendinopathy is a disease of the tendon and can cause tenderness and/or pain while dancing but can be managed by wearing a brace.

Common risk factors associated with dance injuries:

  • Duration of training
  • Type of dance and frequency of dance activity
  • Floor/ground conditions
  • Equipment, costumes and shoes
  • Dancer’s body alignment
  • Prior injuries
  • Nutrition and health

The dance world is filled with excitement and movement! A foot or ankle injury is not often considered when emmeshed in this art.  If you take time to think before you enter the studio or the stage, you may enjoy more of your performance and stay healthy for years to come.

Preventative steps to stay safe while dancing:

  • Work with your teacher and medical professionals with any previous injuries or conditions
  • Wear properly fitted shoes always
  • Drink a lot of water
  • Do not dance through pain
  • Know your body’s limits and adhere to them
  • Include proper warm up and cool down in your classes and performances

While ballet is a beautiful and graceful movement, we know that there are consequences for practicing this art over many years. These injuries can develop over time or happen spontaneously with a quick twist of the foot or fall.  At Family Foot & Ankle Care, PC we strive to keep you active so call us at 480-732-0033 and schedule a visit to our Chandler, AZ office. The bottom line is that your feet should move you safely through the art of dance!

morton's neuromaCiarra Capezio and The Iowa State University Cyclones defeated Nebraska-Kearney, Nebraska-Omaha, and Northern Iowa in a three-match tournament recently.  Capezio, who had been an All-Big 12 freshman last year suffered Morton’s Neuroma towards the end of the season, but achieved a double victory.  In addition to helping the Cyclones defend the court, the tournament gave way as her debut return to the game and a milestone in her recovery from foot surgery.

“She’s a little rusty, there’s things I see that normally she doesn’t do, but I thought she looked really good and pretty pain-free,” said Capezio’s coach. “That’s what’s so exciting; she really hobbled through the end of the season with a lot of pain, so we’re all really excited that she feels good.”

Morton’s neuroma is a condition which triggers pain and/or numbness in the feet. For treatment options or questions about Morton’s neuroma, talk to Dr. Alan Discont, DPM of Family Foot and Ankle Care  Dr. Discont can help you with your foot and ankle condition and provide professional care and advice.

Morton’s Neuroma

Also called Intermetatarsal Neuroma or Plantar Neuroma is a condition that affects the nerves of the feet, which targets the toe between the third and fourth toe. Neuroma is a growth that can occur in various areas of the body. Morton’s Neuroma causes the nerves around the feet to become enlarged causing pain in the feet.

Morton’s Neuroma can be caused by injury or pressure, many times no visible signs will indicate that you may have this. Instead, a tingling sensation along with pain will be present. 

Foot pain should be treated immediately. Paying close attention to your feet will make it less likely that you will have to undergo surgery.

How Does It Occur?

- Wearing ill-fitting shoes
- High impact exercise
- Sustaining injuries
- Walking incorrectly (bunions, flat-feet)

Treatment for the affected feet can help tremendously. A podiatrist will help identify the issue and prompt the patient to a treatment plan. In many cases the doctor will recommend the following: 

o   Apply padding to the arch
o   Ice packs on the affected area to reduce swelling

For more information about Morton’s Neuroma, please follow the link below.

If you have any questions, please contact our office in Chandler, AZ. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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