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Morton’s Neuroma Stop the Pain

Metatarsal bones are the five long bones in the foot. Intermetatarsal neuroma of the foot is a common problem that results in swelling and inflammation of the nerves, located between the 2nd and 3rd, or 3rd and 4th metatarsals. This condition can present gradually, or very rapidly when associated with trauma. Once the pain begins, it will progress. It is clearly related to the amount of time spent on your feet. The intense and disabling nature of the pain eventually demands attention.

 The diagnosis includes some of these signs and symptoms:

  • Numbness in the early stages between the two involved toes.
  • Constantly changing levels of burning pain in the middle of the foot.
  • Sharp, shooting pain that starts under the metatarsal region, and then radiates into the two adjacent toes. 
  • Pain with palpation of the inflamed intermetatarsal nerves, and a characteristic “click” with manipulation of the metatarsal bones, are all thought to be classical signs of a Morton’s Neuroma.
  • Computerized imaging techniques will document but have not been necessary to diagnose this benign lesion of the foot. These tests probably have more of a legal benefit following problematic surgery.
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The cause is progressive enlargement and swelling of the nerve begins with pronation of the foot as we walk. This breakdown of the arch produces instability of the metatarsals, and finally, pressure and grinding of the bones on the nerves. Over time the swelling gradually increases until it manifests as classical sharp, shooting, often burning electrical, Neuroma Pain.

Pronation of the foot is the critical part of the problem. This complicated movement of all 26 bones of the human foot results in instability. This causes a breakdown of the metatarsal arch, and a grinding motion on the intermetatarsal nerves. Over a period of time, constant pressure and movement of the metatarsal bones results in inflammation of any or all four of the intermetatarsal nerves.

treatment for mortons neuroma

Metatarsal arch pads can provide limited relief. Placed in the shoe just behind the metatarsal heads, these pads spread the metatarsals and decrease some of the pressure between the bones and the nerves.

Treatment: Most treatments just mask the symptoms temporarily. OTC and prescription pain medication, anti-inflammatory meds, nutritional supplements, cortisone injections, and alcohol injections, provide only partial relief on a temporary basis. The pain usually intensifies and becomes more problematic for the patient, and the chronic nature of the condition becomes obvious. Those treatments definitely do not treat the cause of the neuroma.

In 1985, I began using Theta Orthotics to treat my private neuroma patients. When I understood what to teach patients so they could apply Theta effectively, the percentage of those that consented to at least one neuroma surgery dropped from 50 to 5 percent. Theta treats the cause of your neuroma, and could be your surgical alternative.

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  • If you have been diagnosed with Morton’s Neuroma.
  • If anti-inflammatory and pain meds have not helped.
  • If cortisone injections have not resolved the pain.
  • If pain continues even as you decrease time walking and standing.
  • If you have changed shoe styles, tried pads, and other orthotics.
  • If you want to AVOID invasive surgery and injections.
  • If surgery and alcohol injections have failed.
  • Get the help you need. (801-651-3067) (800-558-4382)

If your shoe wardrobe includes either of these two styles, a simple non-custom PST (Propulsive Stage Theta) will do more to reduce the pain of Morton’s Neuroma, than any other pad, support, cushion, or prescription orthotic, you can buy! $25.00

treat morton's neuroma

What do you do when the pain won’t stop and medication, cortisone and alcohol injections, physical therapy, metatarsal pads, arch supports, and prescription orthotics have all failed? What do you do when you have changed the style of the shoes you wear, decreased activity to next to nothing, and done everything but surgery? Even when surgeons fully warn their patients of the inherent risks and poor overall success, patients, mostly out of desperation, consent to surgery.

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Both Roman and Gwen suffered for years with Morton’s Neuromas. Both had failed surgery with complications. Both got relief and are walking without pain with Theta-Orthotics. Click on their photo to see what they posted on youtube.com.

Does surgery stop the cause of the neuroma (s)? Can you get more Neuromas in both feet after surgery?

Surgical resection of the neuroma may produce some value on a temporary basis. In the long run, the residual scaring from the procedure may actually aggravate the problem. Certainly, the surgery does nothing to prevent occurrence of another neuroma in any one of three other interspaces. Even if the surgery is without complication, and successfully removes the neuroma, it is not uncommon for a patient to develop neuromas in two or more interspaces. 

It is important to note that all nerve surgery, especially when performed on a weight bearing structure, is unpredictable and often complicated during healing.

surgical alternative for mortons neuroma

The frequent presentation of this disabling problem in two or more interspaces eliminates any long term benefits associated with surgical intervention alone. Unless the patient significantly decreases weight bearing activity, surgery does not stop the grinding movement on the nerves caused by pronation of the foot. The same problem in adjacent interspaces or in the other foot is very likely. Re-growth of the nerve in the same interspace, or even worse, a “stump neuroma”, can occur with some regularity.

Even when the surgical excision is successful and without the many complications of nerve surgery in general, it is likely that you will get another neuroma before surgery from the first neuroma has fully healed. 

Brent A Jarrett DPM (Physician and Surgeon of the Foot)

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Hi Dr Jarrett, I know you have many patients and you don't really remember me, but I am happy to write this testimonial. If I can help in any way please contact me.

A little over a year ago I went to the internet to find help for my foot. The same pain was returning after I had 2 Morton’s Neuromas removed 7 years before. I could not go through any surgery again and then to top it off, I was told that surgery wasn't even done anymore because it didn't work!  

I don't remember it taking long at all to research. I was lucky and got to the Theta-Orthotic web site easily. When I called, Dr. Jarrett answered the phone and spoke with me at length. He made me very comfortable with my decision to try this insert. I did think he might have over reached some claims when he told me that toes were meant to be straight and mine would get straight wearing the insert, and when he said I would go BACK to my old shoe size. I was normally a 7 and at that time I was wearing an 8 1\2.

 I currently have straight toes and buy a 7 or 7 1\2 shoe or boot. He really knows what he is talking about when it comes to fixing feet. I have tried each of the styles and find I prefer one with one type of shoe and another with a different style. They all have a place in my world.  

I am glad I followed his advice on what to order and I am glad he was there again when I called and whined a little. He helped me realize what I needed to do and it helps to know he has been through this personally. It is nice to talk to someone who has 'been there'.  I have friends that have issues and I find it hard to believe they are still living with the pain. I do not know what they are waiting on  - but I recommend this product to you. If you are reading this, you really need it or know someone who does.

JoAnn Shofner jolosho@sbcglobal.net 

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All three of these proactive patients found Theta and avoided invasive treatment/surgery for their Morton’s Neuroma.


Click on their photo to see a video explaining how they did it.

Thirty years of clinical research with thousands of documented cases treating foot, knee, and back pain with quantified Theta-Orthotics. Avoid surgery and stop the pain caused by the way you walk and stand. US Patent Pending #61657626    www.pcopco.com (Updated)  www.theta-orthotics.com (Original)

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