Morton's neuroma is a painful condition that affects the ball of your foot, most commonly the area between your third and fourth toes. Morton's neuroma may feel as if you are standing on a pebble in your shoe or on a fold in your sock.
Morton's neuroma involves a thickening of the tissue around one of the nerves leading to your toes. In some cases, Morton's neuroma causes a sharp, burning pain in the ball of your foot. Your toes also may sting, burn or feel numb.
Morton's neuroma may occur in response to irritation, injury or pressure. Common treatments for Morton's neuroma include changing footwear or using arch supports. Sometimes corticosteroid injections or surgery may be necessary.
Morton's neuroma is a thickening of the tissue that surrounds the nerves leading to your toes. Morton's neuroma is noncancerous and most often occurs between the third and fourth toes. ...
Typically, there's no outward sign of this condition, such as a lump. Instead, you may experience the following symptoms:
When to see a doctor
Doctors don't understand exactly what causes Morton's neuroma. The condition seems to occur in response to irritation, pressure or injury to one of the nerves that lead to your toes. The growth of thickened nerve tissue (neuroma) is part of your body's response to the irritation or injury.
Factors that appear to contribute to Morton's neuroma include:
Preparing for your appointment
You might first seek advice from your family doctor about your foot pain. He or she may refer you to a doctor or surgeon who specializes in foot disorders. Before your appointment, you may want to write a list of answers to the following questions:
What to expect from your doctor
Tests and diagnosis
Treatments and drugs
Treatment depends on the severity of your symptoms. Your doctor will likely recommend trying conservative approaches first.
Surgical and other procedures
Lifestyle and home remedies
To help relieve the pain associated with Morton's neuroma and allow the nerve to heal, consider the following steps:
Last Updated: 2010-10-05
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