A neuroma is a thickening of nerve tissue that may develop in various parts of the body. 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 there is a pebble in your shoe or a fold in your sock.
The thickening of the nerve that defines a neuroma is the result of compression and irritation of the nerve. This compression enlarges the nerve, eventually leading to permanent nerve damage.
Anything that causes compression or irritation of the nerve can lead to the development of a neuroma. One of the most common offenders is wearing shoes that have a tapered toe box or high-heeled shoes that cause the toes to be forced into the toe box. Patients with foot deformities are at a higher risk of developing a neuroma. Other potential causes are activities that involve repetitive irritation to the ball of the foot, such as running or court sports. An injury or other type of trauma to the area may also lead to a neuroma.
The progression of Morton’s neuroma often follows this pattern:
Morton’s neuroma involves a thickening of the tissue around one of the nerves leading to your toes. This can cause a sharp, burning pain in the ball of your foot. Your toes also may sting, burn or feel numb
Contact us if you notice one or more of these symptoms:
To arrive at a diagnosis, we will obtain a thorough history of your symptoms and examine your foot. During a physical examination, we may attempt to reproduce your symptoms by manipulating your foot. Other tests or imaging studies may be performed
The best time to contact us while the symptoms are still in the early stages of development. Early diagnosis of Morton’s neuroma may help you avoid the need for corticosteroid injections or surgery.