What is Morton’s Neuroma and what causes it?
Morton’s neuroma is a tissue formation around the nerve between the bases of the toes (usually between the third and fourth toes). This condition occurs in response to irritation, pressure or injury to one of these nerves as a result of poor fitting footwear, prolong wear of high heels, high impact exercises and/or foot deformities.
What are the symptoms and possible treatments?
A sensation of numbness, tingling or painful lump under the ball of the foot might indicate presence of Morton’s neuroma. Some patients report sharp burning pains while walking or feeling of a pebble in their shoes. The treatments include wider footwear with good support, custom made orthotics with thicker soles for eliminating the nerve irritation, anti-inflammatory medications, cortisone injections and specific injections designed to shrink the nerve.