Morton's neuroma is a painful condition that affects the ball of the foot, typically between the third and fourth toes. It is caused by a thickening of the tissue that surrounds the nerve leading to the toes. This thickening can cause the nerve to become compressed and irritated, leading to pain, numbness, and tingling in the affected area.
The exact cause of Morton's neuroma is not known, but it is believed to be related to wearing tight, narrow shoes, or high heels, which can put pressure on the ball of the foot. Other factors that may contribute to the development of Morton's neuroma include foot deformities such as bunions, hammertoes, or flat feet, as well as repetitive activities such as running or jumping.
Symptoms of Morton's neuroma may include:
Treatment for Morton's neuroma may include: