What is Morton’s Neuroma?
Morton’s neuroma is a common problem that results in pain, numbness and tingling of the foot caused by entrapment of the digital nerves between the toes. Usually occurring between your third and fourth toes, Morton’s neuroma can make walking painful and is often the result of wearing tight shoes or high heels.
Morton’s neuroma is 8 to 10 times more likely to affect women, as wearing high heels or shoes with a slim fit put unnecessary pressure on the balls of their feet. Worn over long periods of time, this additional pressure causes a thickening of the tissue around the nerves in your foot, causing Morton’s neuroma to develop.
Morton’s neuroma often causes a pain that feels as if you have a rock stuck in your shoe that you’re walking on. Though annoying, this condition can also result in:
- Pain, numbness and/or tingling at the ball of foot and/or toes
- Burning pain in the foot
- Discomfort when walking
- Wearing high heels
- Shoes that are too slim or small
- Extreme dorsi-flexion of foot from:
- Bending of foot
- Running on hard surfaces
Though the main symptom of Morton’s neuroma is discomfort in the ball of your foot, you may also experience the following:
- Pain and/or injuries of opposite hip, knee, ankle and/or foot
- Poor balance
- Plantar fasciitis (inflammation of your heel)
- Leg cramping in sports
- Ankle and hip fractures in elderly
Treatment Options for Morton’s Neuroma:
If you are afflicted by Morton’s neuroma, there are a few things you can do to alleviate your symptoms. Though our office will offer you individualized treatment plans, you have also benefit from:
- Targeted stretching exercises
- Shoes with good arch supports
- Plantar flexion of foot and ankle
- Avoid extreme dorsi-flexion of foot