Morton’s Neuroma is a foot condition characterized by pain in the ball of your foot. It is caused by the thickening of the tissue surrounding nerves that lead to the toes. Morton’s neuroma most commonly occurs between the third and fourth toe, and can feel almost like something is stuck in your shoe (Mayo Clinic, 2021). Though this condition is uncomfortable, there are treatment options available to reduce or resolve the symptoms.
Morton’s Neuroma can be caused by multiple different things. High heels, foot deformities, and high-impact sports can all be contributing factors. Common signs of Morton’s Neuroma include burning pain in the ball of the foot that radiates into the toes, pain that primarily occurs while wearing shoes and partaking in activities, and numbness in the toes (American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, 2012). Patients may feel like there is a bump or something in their shoe, however, no physical lump will be present.
Multiple treatments are offered to address Morton’s Neuroma, and they vary based on the extent of the condition. Initial recommendations include wearing footwear that is wider and softer. By providing space, the bones can spread out and allow pressure on the nerve to minimize (American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, 2012). Additionally, custom orthotics can be used to relieve discomfort and reduce pressure. A doctor may also suggest injections to reduce pain in the area. If these options don’t help, a surgical approach may be recommended. One example is decompression surgery, which aims to reduce pressure on the nerve by adjusting and cutting nearby structures (Mayo Clinic, 2021). If other options are unsuccessful, a physician may recommend surgically removing the affected nerve to stop the pain.
If you believe you are showing signs of Morton’s Neuroma and would like to learn more, contact our office. At Podiatry of Greater Cleveland, our priority is to provide excellent care and achieve optimal patient satisfaction. We are here to help you figure out the problem and take the steps towards pain-free feet.