Foot: Morton’s Neuroma


Morton’s Neuroma is the thickening of tissue around the nerve, most commonly between third and fourth toes. This condition is more common in women than men, and can result from injury, pressure from tight fitting or high heel shoes or from irritation. This causes a painful, burning feeling in the ball of the foot which may radiate into the toes.




Signs and symptoms of an Morton’s Neuroma may include:
  • Pain and burning sensation at the ball of the foot
  • Pain may radiate to toes
  • Pain may increase with activity
  • Numb or tingling feeling in toes
  • No outward signs are usually visible
Self Care

The doctor may recommend rest, modifying activity, icing the foot, and changing to shoes that allow for greater movement and comfort.

Medications

Anti-Inflammatory medications may reduce pain and inflammation associated with this condition.

Orthotics

Certified Orthotists can custom fit padded shoe inserts to relieve pain and other symptoms associated with Morton’s Neuroma, while preventing further damage

Injections

Corticosteroid injections to the affected portion of the foot can provide short-term pain relief and reduced inflammation, when medication is ineffective or not an option.

Surgery

When conservative treatment fails, surgery may be recommended. Surgical intervention includes removing the damaged nerve tissue to bring about pain relief.