Morton’s Neuroma Surgery
in New York City
Morton’s neuroma is a painful foot condition caused by inflammation of the nerves between the (metatarsal) bones behind the middle toes, leading to pain between your toes and the ball of your foot. This typically occurs in the third and fourth toes.
Morton’s neuroma is common and affects women 8 to 10 times more often than men.
Chelsea Foot and Ankle provides high-quality surgical and non-surgical treatment of Morton’s neuroma in New York City.
What Causes Morton’s Neuroma?
Morton’s neuroma is often associated with a response to injury, irritation, or pressure affecting the nerves that lead to your toes. It also can be the result of an inherited underlying structural alignment pattern that predisposes one to developing this painful condition.
Factors that strongly correlate to the development of Morton’s neuroma include:
- Tight, narrow, ill-fitting, and high-heeled shoes
- Repetitive trauma related to activities like jogging or running and sports that require tightly bound footwear, such as skiing or mountain climbing
- Other foot conditions like hammertoes, bunions, flatfeet, or high arches
Chelsea Foot and Ankle in New York City provides effective treatment for Morton’s neuroma to restore full foot function.
How Do I Know if I Have a Neuroma?
An in-depth consultation with one of our top podiatrists is the first step to receiving a precise diagnosis and the relief you seek.
Our doctor(s) will thoroughly examine your feet and ankles to confirm the diagnosis and rule out other possible causes of your pain.
They will listen carefully to your symptoms and concerns and create a treatment plan that will include the appropriate diagnostic imaging and procedure(s) for your specific condition.
Some typical neuroma symptoms include:
- Sharp pain between toes
- Noticeable inflammation between toes
- Numbness or tingling between toes
- A clicking sensation in the ball of the foot
- Pain on the balls of your feet
- A sensation of pebbles under your feet
- A feeling that your sock is wadded up under the base of the toes where they meet the foot
Chelsea Foot and Ankle
To Treat Your Neuroma?
To us, our patients and our team are family, and you can expect to be treated like the VIP you are.
We respect you and your time and are committed to improving your quality of life by offering comprehensive services at reasonable prices customized to meet your unique needs.
What Are Your Non-Surgical Treatment Options for Morton’s Neuroma?
While Dr. Ciment and Dr. Collins are both highly qualified and skilled foot surgeons, they almost always initially attempt to address your neuroma more conservatively with the following approaches:
- Alcohol injections
- Anti-inflammatory medications
- Corticosteroid injection
- Custom orthotics
- Replacing shoes that are narrow or tight
- Replacing jogging with other forms of exercise
- Regularly icing the feet
- Wearing pads inside shoes to cushion feet while walking
- Wearing wider, more comfortable shoes and avoiding high heels
Advanced therapies that may be used include:
- Extracorporeal shockwave therapy (ESWT)
- Radiofrequency ablation (RFA)
What if You Need Surgery for Morton’s Neuroma?
If surgery is indicated for the neuroma, you can rest assured that our foot surgeons perform this procedure regularly and have the skill and experience to correct your condition successfully.
One type of surgical treatment of your neuroma involves removing the nerves in the ball of the foot (neurectomy). A small incision is made on top of the foot through which your surgeon will remove the affected nerves and release any tight ligaments in the area.
Another type of surgical treatment of your neuroma spares the nerve. In this procedure (called a decompression neuroplasty or a KOBY-Gard procedure), the tight soft tissues surrounding the affected nerves are carefully released via a tiny incision in between the toe. Using a specially designed instrument that protects the nerves and blood vessels, the tight ligaments are released and space is created so that the nerve is no longer pinched.
What Is Recovery From Neuroma Surgery Like?
After surgery, you will be placed in a boot or cast to protect your foot and ankle. To make a full recovery, follow your doctor’s instructions, get plenty of rest, stay off your foot, ice, and elevate the foot as necessary. Most patients require a short course of physical therapy after the surgery.
Full recovery from this surgery can take a few weeks to a few months. Our surgeons at Chelsea Foot and Ankle take your recovery very seriously, monitor our patients regularly with weekly follow up visits, and they support you through the entire process until you’re back on your feet and feeling great.
How Can You Prevent Morton’s Neuroma?
Some tips to help you avoid Morton’s neuroma include:
- Avoid wearing tight, narrow, or high-heeled shoes.
- Ensure your shoes provide ample room for your toes, so they don’t cramp.
- Wear well-cushioned athletic shoes that support the balls of your feet.
- Take steps to prevent any significant weight gain, as this puts added pressure on your feet.
- Athletes should discuss an alternate training routine with their coaches when experiencing symptoms caused by excess foot stress.
New York City Podiatrist for Morton’s Neuroma Treatment
Whether you want to reduce symptoms and prevent a neuroma from getting worse with a non-surgical treatment, or such methods have been unsuccessful and you require surgery, you can trust the professionals at Chelsea Foot and Ankle.
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An absolutely amazing experience. Dr. Ciment is an absolutely wonderful person – it is very evident that he truly cares about his patients.S T.
I really, really like Dr. Ciment. He is a skilled surgeon with a really wonderful bedside manner — something you rarely find. He treated me a few years ago when I had a broken foot, and then again in Sept 2014 for surgery on the other foot. While surgery is never fun, Dr. Ciment made it pretty easy.Krista B.