Morton's Neuroma Specialist

Michfoot Surgeons PC

Podiatry & Foot & Ankle Surgery located in Southfield, MI

If you have a nagging sensation that there’s something in your shoe, even when it’s free and clear, you may have a condition called Morton’s neuroma. At Michfoot Surgeons PC, Kevin Sorensen, DPM, and Randy Leff, DPM, can help you find relief from your Morton’s neuroma through a number of different effective treatments. If you’re in Southfield, Michigan, call the office, or use the online scheduling tool to book an appointment.

Morton's Neuroma Q & A

What is Morton’s neuroma?

A neuroma is a term used to describe a benign tumor that develops on your nerve, but Morton’s neuroma is slightly different. Rather than a tumor, Morton’s neuroma is a thickening of the nerve, usually between your third and fourth toes.

What are the symptoms of Morton’s neuroma?

Since it involves your nervous system, the symptoms of Morton’s neuroma can be different from one person to the next, but generally include:

  • Pain in the ball of your foot
  • A feeling like there’s a pebble in your shoe
  • Numbness in your toes

The pain is usually intensified when you place pressure on the nerve, such as when you wear heels or engage in an activity where you’re pushing off the balls of your feet.

What causes Morton’s neuroma?

There’s a good reason why women develop Morton’s neuroma at a rate that’s 8-10 times higher than men — their shoes. High-heeled shoes are the primary culprit behind Morton’s neuroma as they force all of your weight onto the balls of your feet.

Beyond your choice in footwear, you may also develop Morton’s neuroma because of:

  • Frequent running
  • Bunions or hammertoes
  • High arches or flat feet

Any activity or footwear that places more stress on the nerves in your forefoot put you more at risk of developing Morton’s neuroma.

How is Morton’s neuroma treated?

When you see either Dr. Leff or Dr. Sorensen, they first conduct a thorough exam to confirm that Morton’s neuroma is the cause of your discomfort. They may also turn to advanced imaging to rule out other problems, such as a stress fracture.

Armed with a diagnosis, your doctor starts out conservatively and recommends:

  • A change in footwear (lower heels)
  • Orthotics and foot pads
  • Anti-inflammatory medications

Should these treatments fail to bring you relief, your doctor may recommend a steroid injection or surgery to relieve the pressure on your nerve. In severe cases, your doctor may remove the affected nerve entirely.

If Morton’s neuroma is causing you a great deal of pain and discomfort, call Michfoot Surgeons PC to find relief. Or you can fill out the online form to request an appointment.