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  • 595 N. Dobson, Suite D-71
    Chandler, AZ 85224
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Gilbert Office

  • 2680 S Val Vista Drive
    Gilbert, AZ 85295
  • Phone: 480-981-1800
  • Fax: 480-981-0229
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  • Suite #177, Building #14
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Who Put a Pebble in My Shoe?

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Morton's neuroma feels like a pebbleEver gotten a stone, stick, or small piece of debris trapped in your shoe or caught between your sole and your sandal? It might not be that painful, per se, but it’s maddening! You basically can’t focus on anything until you get rid of it.

Imagine getting that feeling constantly but not being able to do anything about it, because the pebble is inside your foot. For many people suffering from Morton’s neuroma, that’s more or less a reality.

In short, a Morton’s neuroma is a small, nodule-like section of thickened tissue near a nerve in the ball of the foot. The most common location is between the third and fourth toes, or sometimes between the second and third. The neuroma itself isn’t painful, but when you bear weight, it can press up against the nearby nerve. Patients often describe the sensation as akin to standing on a pebble or bunched up sock. Other possible symptoms include burning, tingling, stinging, or numbness.

So, who put this imaginary pebble in your foot? There isn’t one singular cause, but most evidence suggests that it forms in response to an injury or repetitive irritation and pressure. In practical terms, that could mean you spend a little too much time in high-heeled shoes, especially those with narrow, pointed toe boxes. Other possible contributing factors could be high-impact sports, bunions, hammertoes, or a biomechanically unsound foot shape or structure.

Fortunately, you don’t have to spend the rest of your life going crazy with every step you take. The Advanced Foot & Ankle Specialists can treat your Morton’s neuroma so that it stops causing you pain and stress. This could be achieved through conservative means like arch supports or orthotics, or we may opt to simply excise the thickened tissue surgically. We’ll review your options thoroughly with you before mutually agreeing on the best way to proceed.

To make an appointment with our team, please give us a call today at (480) 963-9000. You can also request an appointment using our online contact form.

Dr. David Laurino
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