The following describes the symptoms, diagnosis and treatment of Morton’s neuroma. For specific information regarding your health and treatment options, please contact your Hurley physician or medical professional.
What is Morton’s neuroma?
Morton’s neuroma is a thickening of the nerve tissue in the ball of the foot that often feels like a lump under the skin and can be very painful when walking. It typically occurs between the third and fourth toes, but can be found between other toes as well. Morton’s neuroma is more common in women than men.
What causes Morton’s neuroma?
There are many factors that may cause or aggravate Morton’s neuroma, including foot injuries, flat feet, high arches, and tight-fitting or high-heeled shoes that squeeze the toes together.
What are the symptoms of Morton’s neuroma?
Common symptoms of Morton’s neuroma include:
- Numbness or tingling in the ball of the foot and/or toes
- Pain or swelling between the toes
- Burning pain in the ball of the foot
How is Morton’s neuroma diagnosed?
Your Hurley physician will conduct a physical exam and may order x-rays to rule out any other possible causes for the pain in your foot.
How is Morton’s neuroma treated?
Initial recommendations for treating Morton’s neuroma include avoiding high heels and wearing comfortable shoes with a wide toe box, avoiding activities that put additional stress on your feet, using ice packs and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) to reduce swelling and pain, massaging the affected area, and resting your feet whenever possible. In addition, your doctor may recommend padding and taping your foot, cortisone injections, or orthotic shoe inserts as additional treatment options.
In more severe cases, your doctor may suggest surgery to correct Morton’s neuroma.