Morton’s Neuroma

What is Morton’s Neuroma?

Morton’s neuroma is a painful condition affecting the ball of the foot, most commonly the area between the third and fourth toes. It involves the thickening of the tissue around one of the nerves leading to the toes. This thickening can cause sharp, burning pain in the ball of the foot. The sensation may also feel like standing on a pebble in a shoe or a fold in a sock. People with Morton’s neuroma may experience numbness or tingling in the affected toes. The condition is often associated with wearing high heels or tight shoes, which can compress the toes and exacerbate the problem.

What are signs & symptoms of Morton’s Neuroma?

The typical signs and symptoms of Morton’s neuroma include:

  • Sharp, burning pain in the ball of the foot
  • Pain that intensifies when wearing tight or narrow shoes and alleviates when the foot is at rest or shoe is removed
  • Tingling or numbness in the toes
  • A feeling of having a pebble or small object in the shoe
  • Pain that worsens with activity or when bearing weight on the foot

What are some treatments for Morton’s Neuroma?

Treatment for Morton’s neuroma focuses on relieving pressure and pain:

  • Using arch supports or foot pads to help reduce pressure on the nerve
  • Wearing properly fitting shoes with a wide toe and avoiding high heels
  • Over-the-counter pain relievers to manage discomfort
  • Massaging or icing the affected area
  • Corticosteroid injections or alcohol sclerosing injections to reduce pain and inflammation
  • In severe cases, surgery to remove the affected nerve or release the pressure

Consulting with a podiatrist is important for a proper diagnosis and to determine the most effective treatment plan. Early treatment can prevent the need for more invasive procedures.