Morton's Neuroma

Definition:
Morton's Neuroma is a common foot condition associated with pain, swelling and or an inflammation of a nerve usually at the ball of the foot between the 3rd and 4th toes. Symptoms of this condition include sharp pain, burning and even numbness in the affected area. Morton's Neuroma may also cause tingling, or cramping in the forefoot.

Cause

Morton's Neuroma is a foot condition in which the metatarsal heads impinge upon a nerve usually between the 3rd and 4th met heads. Symptons of Morton's Neuroma often occur during or after you have been placing significant pressure on the forefoot area, while walking, standing, jumping or sprinting. This condition can also be caused by footwear selection. Footwear with pointed toes or high heels can often lead to a neuroma. Constricting shoes can pinch the nerve between the toes causing discomfort and extreme pain.

Treatment and Prevention

The first step in treating Morton's Neuroma is to select proper footwear. Footwear with a high and wide toe box is ideal for treating and relieving the pain. The next step in treatment is to use an orthotic designed with a metatarsal pad. This pad is located behind the ball of the foot to unload pressure, and relieve the pain caused by the neuroma. Neuroma pads are available and act as a wedge to spread the offending bone structure. If a problem persists, consult your foot doctor.