In my Houston podiatry practice, I see many people who have suffered with ball of foot pain due to a Morton's neuroma for weeks, months, and even years. A Morton's neuroma does not usually improve on it's own. While your pain from a neuroma can start off coming and going, and even dependant on the shoes you are wearing, it very rapidly can become more consistently and intensely painful. Your neuroma can stop you from wearing your favorite shoes and may even force you to only wear flats.
The ideal time to treat your neuroma is as early as possible. If you are treated when the pain is minor and inconsistent, there is a much greater chance that conservative measures can be effective. As the pain from your neuroma increases, it becomes more difficult to control the inflammation and manage your pain. When non-surgical treatment, such as anti-inflammatories, cortisone injections, and custom orthotics, do not adequately eliminate your pain, surgery to treat the neuroma may be necessary.
If you are beginning to feel pain in the ball of your foot or numbness in your toes, be sure to schedule an appointment with Houston podiatrist Dr. Andrew Schneider to see if your pain is due to a Morton's neuroma.