What Causes Morton’s Neuroma?
Morton’s neuroma develops in the ball of your foot, usually between your third and fourth toes. It is a common pain among joggers who describe it as a feeling like a marble in the foot. For some it is like “pins and needles,” and for an unfortunate few it is described as running on razor blades, ouch. A neuroma is an angry nerve structure that is surrounded by a thick tissue. The prime suspect among runners is poor footwear design. But there can also be biomechanical reasons such as a collapsed arch, or a tight calf muscle that is changing your natural stride. Morton’s Neuroma can also be misdiagnosed which we will detect. The root source of the pain is from damage to the metatarsal arch and ligaments of the forefoot.
Not surprisingly, high heeled shoes can lead to neuromas. Consider it the price you have to pay to be fashionable.
Is it OK to run on a neuroma?
Pain is your body’s way of saying- treat me. The longer you run on a neuroma, the longer your recovery will be. If you take action early before extreme pain strikes, you may have a quick recovery. Some runners will use orthotics to better distribute stride pressure. Some will correct their stride to find a more natural, balanced style. And some will be told that surgery is their only option. It isn’t.
Prolotherapy or Surgery, which is better?
Prolotherapy is an ideal alternative to surgery. Dr. Greenberg developed the unique Kinetic Regeneration Therapy to activate the body’s ability to heal itself naturally. The treatments include Prolotherapy, Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Infusions and Stem Cell Treatments. The treatments activate the body’s natural regeneration system which include stem cells, pericytes, cytokines, fibroblasts, endothelial cells and macrophages which all work together to repair tendons and correct nerve pain.
Before any treatment, Dr. Greenberg and his team will review the optimal treatment plan designed to help you recover from your neuroma. You may require a treatment about every three weeks. With time, most patients find that their foot pain is eliminated and they can walk and run again.
If you or a loved one is looking for a new strategy to treat chronic aches and pains, fill out the form on this page to schedule an appointment or call Dr. Greenberg’s office today at 833-440-4325.