Neuroma (Morton’s)

What is Morton’s Neuroma?

Morton’s Neuroma is a painful condition affecting the foot, characterized by a thickening of the tissue around one of the nerves leading to the toes. It commonly occurs between the third and fourth toes, causing pain and discomfort.

What are common signs and symptoms of Morton’s Neuroma?

  • Sharp, burning pain in the ball of the foot
  • Tingling or numbness in the toes
  • Feeling as if there’s a small pebble in your shoe

Neuroma (Morton’s) FAQ

The exact cause is unknown, but it is believed to result from irritation, pressure, or injury to one of the nerves that lead to the toes. Factors contributing to its development include wearing tight or high-heeled shoes, certain foot shapes, and repetitive activities that put pressure on the toes.

While it can be very painful, Morton’s Neuroma is not considered life-threatening. However, without treatment, the pain may worsen, potentially affecting mobility and quality of life.

Diagnosis typically involves a physical examination and may include imaging tests such as ultrasound or MRI to visualize the thickened nerve tissue.

Treatment varies from conservative measures like footwear modifications, orthotic devices, and corticosteroid injections to more invasive options such as surgery to remove the affected nerve or decompress the area.

If you experience persistent pain, tingling, or numbness in the ball of your foot or between the toes, it’s important to consult a healthcare provider for an evaluation and appropriate treatment.

For a proper diagnosis and recommended treatment plan, we suggest you consult with a podiatrist for professional help and care.