Morton’s neuroma (pain on the ball of the foot) is a condition that involves the thickening of the tissue that surrounds the digital nerve proceeding towards the toes. Patients presenting with Morton’s neuroma generally describe a sensation like walking on a marble with pain situated in the ball of the foot. The condition usually involves the third and fourth toes, frequently from trauma, excessive pressure or irritation, and most commonly affects women 8-10 times more than males.
Morton’s neuroma generally arises from certain risk factors including high heels, certain sports and foot deformities. High heels increase the pressure around the ball of the foot and toes which you want to reduce if you have the disorder. Continuous running or jogging can cause excessive trauma to the foot, while skiing or rock climbing shoes again place the foot under more pressure than needed causing more problems. Finally foot deformities including flat feet, high arches and foot bunions increase the risk of developing Morton’s neuroma.
Diagnosis of Morton’s neuroma consists of the above symptoms and is positive when there is pain in the ball of the foot when squeezing the toes together. Some common differential diagnoses that present similar to Morton’s Neuroma include, a fracture of the metatarsal head, Metatarsalgia and Metatarsophalangeal Synovitis.
Treatment of Morton’s Neuroma involves modification of footwear compressing the area and causing the symptoms, to a shoe with a wider appearance and a firm sole and metatarsal pad insert prescribed from a chiropractor. Arch supports are another innervation that chiropractors can prescribe to take the pressure off the nerves and they’re also able to treat the condition with mobilisations, manipulations, traction work to the toes and soft tissue therapy around the area.
Morton’s Neuroma is a condition that can generally be treated by changing the footwear you’re wearing or fitting the ones you have, with appropriate soles and arch support. The chiropractors at Lakeside Chiropractic have treated many cases of Morton’s Neuroma in the past and have used multiple strategies to reduce the pressure upon the nerves and inhibit the symptoms that are presenting.
Lakeside Chiropractic treat many musculoskeletal and neurological disorders including Morton’s Neuroma and are located in Joondalup, north of Perth’s CBD. We have visitors from mainly northern suburbs including, Jindalee, Yokine, Kingsley, Beldon, Edgewater, Woodvale, Yanchep and Two Rocks and have HICAPS facilities on site. We’re Medibank and Bupa first health care providers, however except a range of health funds including, HBF, NIB, AHM, HIF, POLICE, health.com and many more. If you would like to discuss your condition or book in an appointment by talking to our very friendly receptionists, fell free to contact us on 93000095 or visit our website at www.lakesidechiro.com.au and book via our ‘book now’ tab.