Morton’s Neuroma

Morton Neuroma is the inflammation of a nerve due to the compression of surrounding bones. It most commonly occurs between the third and fourth toes at the ball of the feet. Possible causes include flat feet and wearing shoes that do not fit properly. More women will suffer from this type of neuroma from wearing pointed, high-heeled shoes that constrict the toes.

Patients will usually notice symptoms of Morton's neuroma during or after pressure has been placed on the balls of the feet by doing such activities as standing, walking, and running. Some of the most frequently described symptoms are:

  • Localized pain between the toes (dull or sharp)
  • Burning
  • Loss of sensation
  • Tingling
  • Cramping
  • Inflammation
  • Sore to the touch

Your podiatrist must first rule out other conditions like rheumatoid arthritis and diabetic neuropathy, which have very similar symptoms. During your exam, your doctor may pull up on your first, second, and third toes while pushing down on your fourth and fifth toes. In most cases of Morton's neuroma, you will hear a click noise that is known as Morton's sign.

If he or she then determines that you are suffering from Morton's neuroma, a more conservative treatment is chosen first. The use of metatarsal pads, custom orthotics, and the use of proper fitting footwear can be expected for treatment.

The sooner you are diagnosed, the greater chance you have of successful conservative treatment.

If you are experiencing any of the symptoms addressed, we strongly recommend that you seek the advice of your podiatrist for proper diagnosis.