Symptoms of Morton’s neuroma
In most cases, nothing is visible on foot to indicate Morton’s neuroma. Morton’s neuroma symptoms that may appear include:
- Feeling as if there is a pebble inside your shoe when you step down.
- Pain that feels like burning is located in the ball of the foot. The pain may travel into the toes.
- Numbness or a tingling sensation in the toes.
When to see a doctor
Any pain in the feet that persists for more than a few days should not be ignored. If you have symptoms of Morton’s neuroma and the discomfort persists despite conservative treatments such as rest and changing the type of shoes you are wearing, notify your healthcare provider.
Morton’s neuroma diagnosis
When you visit your physician, if Morton’s neuroma diagnosis is suspected, your foot will be examined for areas of tenderness. In addition, the doctor will check to see if there are any masses, and sometimes there may be a “clicking” feeling when the bones of the feet are manipulated.
Sometimes imaging tests are used to diagnose Morton’s neuroma or to rule out other conditions that can cause similar symptoms. These may include:
- X-rays. X-rays of the foot can help to rule out other reasons for foot pain, such as fractures.
- Ultrasound. This imaging study uses sound waves to produce images of the body’s soft tissues. Morton’s neuroma is a soft tissue problem that can appear on an ultrasound image.
- Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). MRI scans can also detect problems in the soft tissues, but they are very expensive.
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