What is it?
Morton’s Neuroma is a sharp pain that usually occurs between the 3rd and 4th toes, where they meet the foot. Usually there is no external indication such as a bump, instead there may be pain, swelling, tingling or numbness in the toes. There may also be a burning sensation in the ball of the foot that extends to the toes. It is very common for people with this condition to experience extreme pain while walking. Morton’s Neuroma usually starts suddenly and the symptoms will often worsen with time.
What is the Cause?
Morton’s Neuroma develops from pressure or irritation to nerves that lead to toes. In response to this, the nerve tissue grows and thickens. Wearing high heels or shoes that squeeze the forefoot, causing extra pressure on nerves between those toes, can cause this condition.
There are numerous treatment options for this condition. It is best to have a Chiropodist or Podiatrist examine the foot in order to determine the best treatment plan. Some treatment options include: topical and/or oral anti-inflammatory medications, icing the foot, wearing proper fitting footwear and massaging the foot and toes. Also recommended are pads to support the heads of the metatarsal bones (the five long bones located midfoot), creating more space for the nerves. Custom orthotics are often prescribed to treat the biomechanical factors that may have caused this condition