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Morton’s neuroma is a condition in which the tissue around one of the nerves leading to your foot begins to thicken. It appears most commonly between the third and fourth toes. When this occurs, you may experience a feeling like standing on a pebble stuck in your shoe. Most symptoms have no outward appearance but are experienced as a sharp, burning pain in the ball of the foot, as well as stinging or burning in the toes that may sometimes lead to numbness.
Factors that contribute to developing Morton’s neuroma include wearing high heels or ill-fitting shoes that put extra pressure on your toes or the balls of your feet. Activities you may want to avoid include both jogging and running. Too much repetitive trauma can cause a strain on the feet and increase the chances of developing complications. There’s also a tie to certain high-impact sports and Morton’s neuroma. Sports that require tightly worn shoes, such as skiing or rock climbing, may also increase your chances of getting Morton’s neuroma. Certain foot deformities like bunions, hammertoes, and flat feet may contribute as well.
Treatment for Morton’s neuroma varies, depending on the severity of the condition. In some cases, injections can help alleviate pain. Another form of treatment is decompression surgery in which a podiatric surgeon relieves the pressure on the nerve. In more severe cases, removal of the nerve may be required.
If you or someone you know suffers from Morton’s neuroma, we can help.
A Physicians Footcare podiatrist will thoroughly examine your feet to provide a proper diagnosis and treatment plan. Request your appointment now.
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