Morton’s neuroma

Morton’s neuroma

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What is Morton’s neuroma ?

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:

  • Pain or discomfort in the ball of the foot, especially when walking or standing
  • Numbness or tingling in the affected area
  • Feeling like there is a small stone or pebble in the shoe
  • A burning sensation in the foot
  • A feeling of "pins and needles" in the toes

Treatment for Morton's neuroma may include:

  • Wearing shoes with a wider toe box or lower heels to reduce pressure on the affected area
  • Using arch supports or shoe inserts to help distribute weight more evenly across the foot
  • Taking over-the-counter pain medications or anti-inflammatory medications to manage pain and inflammation
  • Corticosteroid injections to reduce inflammation and relieve pain
  • Physical therapy or stretching exercises to improve flexibility and relieve pressure on the affected nerve
  • In some cases, surgery may be necessary to remove the thickened tissue and relieve pressure on the nerve.
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