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Morton's Neuroma Shockwave Treatment
Morton’s neuroma, also known as Morton’s metatarsalgia or interdigital neuroma, is a condition that can occur in one foot or both feet. It usually affects the nerve between the third and fourth toes, but sometimes the second and third toes are affected. As a result, a nerve in the foot becomes irritated and thickened and this can cause severe pain.
Morton’s neuroma is named after Thomas George Morton (1835 – 1903) an American surgeon who gained renown treating injured soldiers for the Union during the American civil war.
Morton’s neuroma can occur at any age, but most often it affects ladies in middle age. This may be due to women tending to wear tight or high-heeled shoes that can put pressure on the feet.
Morton’s neuroma is also being seen increasingly in runners, possibly because of the increased pressure on the toes that occurs when running. Invasive surgical treatment is sometimes recommended to treat it, but Morton’s Neuroma Shockwave treatment has been shown to be an effective alternative therapy, reducing pain, and avoiding surgery.
How To Tell You May Have Morton’s Neuroma
People with Morton’s neuroma may initially experience a tingling sensation in the space between their toes, which becomes more severe over time, eventually developing into a sharp shooting or burning pain in the ball of their foot or at the base of their toes. There may also be some numbness in your toes.
The pain often becomes increasingly uncomfortable when walking and wearing shoes that squash the feet. It might feel like you have a small stone or lump in your shoe.
What Happens During Morton’s Neuroma Shockwave Treatment?
We will isolate the area that needs to be treated, then using our focussed shockwave equipment we will start sending gentle impulses to the area. Discomfort will be kept to a minimum and gradually the impulses will become more intense, although little pain will be felt and if it is it will gradually dissipate over a few days.
It is thought that the shockwave sound waves induce microtrauma, which stimulates the healing process by attracting blood vessels and nutrients to the neuroma.
How Long Will the Shockwave Therapy Take to Work?
Generally, Morton’s neuroma shockwave treatment will resolve the problem after three to four sessions, depending on your condition and how long you may have suffered with it, while early diagnosis can reduce the number of sessions needed.
It is important that you work with your physical therapist to ensure that you have an exercise regime and massage to ensure full recovery.
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