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FEET FIRST!   February 2010

Volume 3, Issue 2

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All You Need to Know About Morton’s Neuroma Morton’s Neuroma - it sounds serious enough –– but what is it? What causes it? And how is it treated? A neuroma is an enlarged nerve and Morton’s Neuroma

Dr. Alec O. Hochstein

is an enlarged nerve located in the interspace between

or injury to the foot can also

choice. These might include

cause the neuroma.

icing the area, wearing shoes

The symptoms of Morton’s Neuroma include: •


A feeling that something is in your shoe, sock or foot

the third and fourth toes. That area of the foot is

the toes

particularly vulnerable because two nerves combine in that space and become larger in diameter than any

If you want children

results in permanent nerve

to keep their feet on the ground, put some responsibility on their shoulders. Abigail Van Buren

untreated, Morton’s Neuroma damage to the foot. Early diagnosis is always best from a treatment standpoint.

The condition is more

and medications to reduce inflammation and pain. If a patient doesn’t respond

indicated. There are several different types of surgery, with different approaches, to remedy the condition. Recovery time and the time it takes to be able to put pressure on the foot vary by procedure.

answer. Patients need to

makes sense because many

address issues that

women wear shoes that

contributed to the neuroma

force their toes into a very

in the first place and resolve

cramped toe space.

them because the condition, along with all its symptoms

Other causes include

such as basketball or

reduce pressure on the nerve

Surgery alone, is not the

common in women and it

irritate that part of the foot,

biomechanical orthotics to

treatments, surgery may be

What causes this nerve

activities that repeatedly

anesthesia injections, custom

well to the more conservative

with intermittent pain. Left

compression and irritation.

sports activities, cortisone or

ball of the foot

other toes.

compression on the nerve -

refraining from repetitive

Burning sensation in the

The condition starts out slowly,

cause seems to be

Quote of the Month…

of the other nerves going to

enlargement? The leading

Dr. Beth L. HommelHochstein

Tingling or numbness in

that are wider in the toe area,

This illustrates the area of the foot affected by Morton’s Neuroma

jogging. We also see

How is this condition treated?

Morton’s Neuroma in

It really depends on how

patients who have other foot

advanced the neuroma is and

conditions, including flat

the severity of the symptoms.

feet, bunions, and


hammertoes. An accident

solutions are always our first

can recur. Please let us know if you have any of the symptoms of Morton’s Neuroma, so that we can conduct a thorough examination to arrive at a proper diagnosis.

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About Our Practice

GREAT NECK FAMILY FOOT CARE, LLP 7 Bond Street Great Neck, NY 11021

Phone 516.482.5999

Fax 516.466.1245

Podiatric Medicine and

problems should always be

Surgery is a medical

addressed on a timely basis,

specialty that deals with

to relieve pain or other

conditions of the foot and

symptoms that interfere


with your ability to stand or

We treat all types of foot

walk with ease.

problems in children and

Unresolved problems with

adults, including bunions,

your feet tend to get worse,

Office Hours:

ingrown toenails, heel

inviting more aggressive,

Monday: 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

pain, hammertoes,

and therefore, more costly

diabetic foot care,


Tuesday: 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

fractures, sprains, sports

Wednesday: 10:00 a.m. –2:00 p.m.

injuries, and trauma. We

Thursday: 12:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Friday: Closed Saturday: 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

also perform minor and reconstructive foot and ankle surgery.

In addition to our regular office hours, our doctors are also available on-call, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for emergencies. Our physicians spend quality time with our patients in order to diagnose each foot disorder. The doctors, along with our team of nurses and office

The Podiatrists at Great

personnel, strive to achieve the

Neck Family Foot Care are

highest quality level of

trained and Board Certified

personalized, comprehensive

foot and ankle surgeons that

foot care.

treat all foot disorders.

Because feet are the

Whether you are suffering

foundation of the body,

from pain, discomfort or an embarrassing condition, we


can help you.

We invite you call our office with questions you have or to schedule an appointment.

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