What is it?
Morton's Neuroma is a thickening of nerve tissue that develops in the foot. Morton's Neuroma commonly occurs between the third and fourth toes.
Causes, Symptoms and Risk Factors
Friction causes a nerve to enlarge. This irritation may result from:
- An injury
- Wearing shoes that are tight in the toes or high-heels
- Taking part in activities that irritate the foot, such as dancing or running
Those at particular risk of developing Morton's Neuroma have existing foot conditions, such as flat feet, bunions or hammertoes. Symptoms of Morton's Neuroma can include:
- A feeling that something is inside the ball of the foot
- A feeling that there is an object in the shoe
A doctor can diagnose Morton's Neuroma by examining the foot and reviewing the symptoms. The doctor may also perform an X-ray.
Treatment for Morton's Neuroma includes:
- Decreasing activities that cause or worsen the condition
- Wearing wider shoes
- Padding the foot
- Inserting an orthotic device into the shoe
- Taking anti-inflammatory medications
- Receiving cortisone injections
If symptoms persist, a surgical procedure may be performed to correct the condition.