Morton’s Neuroma is a painful foot condition that commonly affects the areas between the second and third or third and fourth toe, although other areas of the foot are also susceptible. Morton’s Neuroma is caused by an inflamed nerve in the foot that is being squeezed and aggravated by surrounding bones. Some of the symptoms that patients may experience can include numbness or a tingling sensation, a burning pain, or a feeling that something is inside the bottom of the foot. There are, however, some methods that can be implemented which may help in finding mild relief. These may include performing exercises to aid in strengthening and stretching the foot, in addition to massage therapy. Patients may also find comfort in resting the foot, or wearing shoes that have adequate room for the toes to move freely.
What Increases the Chances of Having Morton’s Neuroma?
· Ill-fitting high heels or shoes that add pressure to the toe or foot.
· Jogging, running or any sport that involves constant impact to the foot.
· Flat feet, bunions, and any other foot deformities.
Morton’s Neuroma is a very treatable condition. Orthotics and shoe inserts can often be used to alleviate the pain on the forefront of the feet. In more severe cases, corticosteroids can also be prescribed. In order to figure out the best treatment for your Neuroma, it’s recommended to seek the care of a podiatrist who can diagnose your condition and provide different treatment options.
Michael A. Schreck DPM, FACFAS
M. Carter Hyneman, DPM