What is Neuroma?
Pain in the ball of the foot, or shooting pain in the toes. One of the most common diagnosis of these symptoms is diagnosed as a neuroma.
Morton’s Neuroma has several similar names; Mortons Metatarsalgia, Morton’s Neuralgia, Plantar Neuroma and intermetatrsal Neuroma.
It is a benign bundle of nerve, most commonly of the third and fourth toe webspaces but can occur in any of the webspaces of the forefoot. Typically this is characterised by numbness and shooting pain into the toes and burning sensations on the ball of your feet. The pain is often relieved by removing footwear, massaging or rest. Symptoms are exaggerated by walking and exaggerated by exercise. Other diagnosis of shooting pains in the toes include; Diabetes, Anaemia and Radiculopathy, so it is very important to seek advice from a foot specialist if you develop any of these symptoms.
- Direct pressure applied between the metatarsal heads should replicate the symptoms.
- Forefoot squeeze test known as a mulder’s click.
- An ultrasound examination or X rays may be requested to rule out differential diagnosis such as stress fractures.
How can our team help you if have a Neuroma?
During your initial consultation, our podiatry team will assess your foot and provide you with a clinical diagnosis. An Ultra sound examination or MRI may be requested. Once your Podiatrist has made a clinical diagnosis, you will be provided with a treatment plan which may include:
- Gait analysis / Biomechanical Examination
- Orthotics to open out metatarsals pressing the nerve and reduce the mechanical load.
- Footwear advice.
- Padding or Strapping.
- One or more Corticosteroid injections.
- If conservative treatments fail, patients may be referred for surgical intervention.
How to book
If you are a New Patient, please schedule an Initial Consultation online, click here: BOOK ONLINE. Existing patients can also schedule a follow-up consultation online: BOOK ONLINE . Please check your Podiatrists Bio here: About us Alternatively call: 02071646607 to speak to our friendly booking team Monday-Friday 9am-5pm.
Insurance and Fees
We accept most major private medical insurance companies including BUPA, Vitality, WPA, Cigna, AVIVA and Simply Health. A full list of our consultation fees including self-pay can be found here: Insurance and Fees. Our Podiatry team are health care professional council registered, meaning they are required to maintain professional standards and continued professional development. As an organisation we have invested in the latest diagnostic technology in order to help our podiatry team, help you. We have onsite diagnostic ultrasound available at Maidenhead and Earlsfield clinics. Infra-red pressure analysis available at Maidenhead and Earlsfield clinics with treadmill examinations.