Morton’s neuroma treatment
Treatment for foot neuroma typically depends on how severe the symptoms are. In most cases, conservative treatments are tried first.
Foot pads and arch supports that are worn inside of shoes can help reduce stress on the nerve of the foot and thus contribute to foot neuroma treatment. These items are available over-the-counter, or they can also be custom-made to precisely fit a patient’s foot to treat Morton’s neuroma.
Morton’s neuroma surgery and other procedures
If conservative foot neuroma treatments fail to relieve the symptoms of the condition, other interventions might be recommended, such as:
- Steroid injections. In some cases of Morton’s neuroma, corticosteroids are injected directly into the affected area. This helps to reduce inflammation and relieve pain.
- Decompression surgery. In severe cases of Morton’s neuroma, pressure on the nerve can be surgically relieved by cutting the ligament in the front portion of the foot.
- Removal of the nerve. Surgical removal of the neuroma may be needed if other interventions are unsuccessful. Surgery for Morton’s neuroma usually effectively relieves pain, but it may result in lasting numbness of the affected toes.
The following suggestions may help relieve the pain of Morton’s neuroma and allow the affected nerve to heal.
- Use anti-inflammatory medications. These medications can be purchased over-the-counter. They include naproxen and ibuprofen, and they relieve pain as well as help reduce inflammation.
- Try ice. Regular applications of an ice pack or an ice massage might help relieve pain and control swelling associated with Morton’s neuroma.
- Change your shoes. Avoid tight footwear and high heels.
- Rest. Avoid activities like running, jogging, and other high-impact activities.