Morton's Neuroma – Plano, TX
Dr. Desi is a well-known orthopedic surgeon in Plano, TX. He holds extensive experience in treating various conditions of the foot, like Claw Toe, Hammer Toe, Morton's Neuroma etc.

Morton's Neuroma

Morton’s Neuroma refers to a condition in which a benign tumor grows in the foot, usually amidst the third and fourth toe. This extra growth is not dangerous and occurs due to a swollen nerve in the ball of the foot.

Causes Of Morton's Neuroma

  • Wearing high heels that are over five centimeters and put pressure on the toes.
  • High arched or flat feet
  • Conditions like bunion, Hammer Toe, Mallet Toe etc.
  • Sports activities like running, soccer, tennis, karate, basketball etc.
  • An injury to the foot

Symptoms Of Morton’s Neuroma

  • Pain that may radiate to the toes
  • Numbness in the toes
  • Burning sensation
  • Discomfort while walking
  • Tingling or pricking in the knee

Diagnosis Of Morton’s Neuroma

To assess the condition, the doctor may feel the palpable mass by moving the hand around the front foot. He may also put pressure between the toes to mimic the pain and look for evident facture or a callus. To rule out other conditions, the doctor may ask the patient to get some imaging tests like X-Ray and MRI Scans.

Treatment For Morton’s Neuroma

Conventional Mode Of Treatment

  • Resting the affected foot
  • Using ice packs at the affected area
  • Wear orthotic devices and arch supports to reduce pressure from the nerve
  • Changes in footwear i.e. wearing shoes with broader front
  • Avoiding activities that cause pain
  • Muscle strengthening exercises
  • Painkillers and anti-inflammatory medicines

Surgical Treatment

  • Dorsal Approach - The orthopedic surgeon may make a 3 to 4 cm longitudinal incision at the top of the foot. The incision starts from the metatarsal heads and extends downwards. The underlying tissues may be dissected. The orthopedic surgeon may identify the nerve and gently elevate it, by doing so he may dissect it proximally so that the tension is relieved. The incision is then closed by suturing it with nylon threads.
  • Plantar Approach – In this method the orthopedic surgeon may make an incision at the sole of the foot. The tumor is dissected and removed from the adjacent tissues. After this procedure, that patients may have to be on crutches for about 3 weeks.

Dr. Desai provides complete treatment for Morton's Neuroma. To schedule an appointment with the foot and ankle specialist in Plano, TX, call at (972) 985 – 1072 or visit 4031 West Plano Parkway, Suite 100 Plano, Texas 75093.