Morton’s neuroma is the irritation and compression of a common plantar digital nerve in your foot, often causing numbness and tingling in the toes. With a true neuroma, this compression is a result of thickening of the tissue around the nerve itself. Morton’s neuroma (named for the first doctor to describe the condition) most commonly affects the common plantar digital nerve between the third and fourth metatarsal bones, which causes pain in the third and fourth toes.
What do people experience?
Typically people experience pain, numbness and/or tingling in the ball of their foot, sometimes extending into the toes. Symptoms usually present with activity, and may be exacerbated by tight or heeled footwear.
Symptoms can include:
- Shooting pain
- Burning pain
- Radiating pain to adjacent toes
- Feeling as though sock is bunched up or wrinkled
- Increased pain with activity
- Relief upon removal of footwear
- High heels
- Tight or ill-fitting footwear
- High impact activity
- Other foot complications (bunions, hammertoes)
What are my options for treatment? Who can help?
A stepped approach is often taken for the treatment and management of Morton`s neuroma, moving from least invasive to most invasive. Less invasive treatments include metatarsal pads, footwear modifications, as well as off-the-shelf (OTS) and custom foot orthotics. These options can be discussed with your pedorthist and other healthcare professionals for conservative treatment of symptoms.
More invasive options, such as medication, corticosteroid and sclerosing alcohol injections, and surgery, may be discussed with your family physician to determine an appropriate treatment plan.
Your pedorthist can provide you a wealth of information on what factors may be causing your pain and provide options for improving your symptoms. For more information on Morton’s Neuroma, check out our Injury Locator. Want a personalized assessment? Contact us today for a comprehensive assessment.