Morton's Neuroma

Brian Lee, DPM -  - Podiatrist

Southern Illinois Family Foot Care

Brian Lee, DPM

Podiatrist located in Mount Vernon, IL

Morton’s neuroma causes debilitating pain in the ball of your foot. Because Morton’s neuroma can affect your quality of life, leading podiatrist Brian Lee, DPM, of Southern Illinois Family Foot Care in Mount Vernon, Illinois, offers innovative solutions to relieve discomfort. Find out how Dr. Lee can help resolve your case of Morton’s neuroma by scheduling an evaluation. Book your visit through the online scheduling feature, or call the office.

Morton's Neuroma Q & A

What is Morton’s neuroma?

Morton’s neuroma is a condition that causes a small, benign growth of tissues around the nerves that lead to your toes. Generally, you develop this condition between your third and fourth toes on the ball of your foot, though it can develop anywhere along the balls of your feet.

Why do I have Morton’s neuroma?

It isn’t always clear why some men and women have Morton’s neuroma, although the condition develops from nerve irritation or pressure. You’re more likely to develop this issue if you:

  • Participate in high-impact sports
  • Have bunions or hammertoes
  • Have flat feet or high arches

You might also develop Morton’s neuroma if you regularly wear high heels or snug-fitting shoes.

Can I tell if I have Morton’s neuroma?

Often, yes. Men and women who have Morton’s neuroma describe that it feels like they consistently have a rock or pebble stuck in their shoe, even though there’s nothing there. You might also experience:

  • Burning in the ball of your foot
  • Stinging or numbness in your toes
  • Sharp, stabbing pains between your toes

Usually, you don’t develop an actual lump or outward mass in your foot. Instead, Dr. Lee diagnoses you based on your symptoms, a physical examination, and sometimes imaging tests.

How is Morton’s neuroma treated?

Dr. Lee understands how debilitating Morton’s neuroma can be. He works to find solutions that minimize your pain or stop it altogether. You might notice an improvement by switching to footwear that has more wiggle room in the toe area.  

Many of Morton’s neuroma sufferers find relief by wearing custom orthotics that support the affected toes. Dr. Lee and his team design orthotics right in the office, using 3D scanning and imaging technology.

If needed, he can also prescribe anti-inflammatory medications or provide cortisone injections.

In severe cases — or if you’re not getting relief through conservative treatments — you might need decompression surgery.

During Morton’s neuroma — or decompression — surgery, Dr. Lee cuts some of the nearby structures and soft tissues, which takes some of the pressure off the inflamed nerve. For some, removing the affected nerve is the only solution, though this is rare.

Schedule your Morton’s neuroma evaluation at Southern Illinois Family Foot Care either online or over the phone.