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Old October 9th, 2013, 03:56 AM   #1
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Default Nerve tissue thickening is called neuroma

Nerve tissue thickening is called neuroma. It is a non-cancerous growth of the nerve cell.Any part of the body could be affected by the enlargement of the nerve.Most common neuromas include Morton's neuroma. Inter-metatarsal neuroma is another name for Morton's neuroma since the thickening is around a nerve at the base of the toes between the third and fourth toes. Morton's neuroma is the result of the compression and irritation of the nerve.Women are more prone to this than men.This may be due to the confining shoes worn by women.More invasive treatments or surgery can be prevented by early diagnosis and treatment of this foot problem. In Morton's neuroma, the patient will feel a localized pain in the inter-space between the third and fourth toe.The pain could be described as sharp or dull. Burning pain in the ball of foot, numbness in the toes, and cramping will also be experienced by the patient.Aside from the wearing of high-heeled and tapered toe box shoes, people with foot deformities such as flat feet, bunions, hammertoes, or more flexible feet are at higher risk of developing Morton's neuroma.Morton's neuroma can be caused by activities such as racquet sports and running and injury or trauma to the area. Accurate diagnosis can successfully help in treating Morton's neuroma.To diagnose the foot problem the podiatrist will ask the patient about the symptoms and will examine the foot comprehensively.Palpating the area to elicit pain and applying pressure in the spaces between the toes to feel the neuroma is done to thoroughly examine the foot.Stress fracture signs are going to be felt. The podiatrist will check for a Mulder's sign.Palpating the affected interspace with one hand and at the same time squeezing the entire foot with the other hand that results to an audible click is Mulder's signMany cases of Morton's neuroma are diagnosed because of Mulder's sign The podiatrist will request for an x-ray on the affected area to make certain that there is no fracture.It can also rule out osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis since an x-ray can be used to check on the joints and the bone density.The possibility that the compression is caused by a tumor will be ruled out by the podiatrist by conducting an MRIAn MRI will also determine the size of the neuroma and the best treatment for it.
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