What is Morton's neuroma?
A neuroma is a thickening of nerves that may develop in various parts of the body.
The most common neuroma in the foot is a Morton’s neuroma, which occurs between the third and fourth toes affecting the nerves leading to the toes.
How does Morton’s neuroma happen?
The nerve thickening happens due to compression and irritation for example wearing narrow shoes or high heeled shoes that cause toes to be forced into the toe box. It can also be caused by abnormal foot biomechanics.
What does it feel like?
It is characterized by numbness, sharp/burning pain, and these symptoms are more pronounced with the use of footwear that places more pressure on the toes or front part of the foot.
What can you do?
Avoid wearing tight, pointy, or high-heeled shoes. Choose shoes with plenty of room for your toes such as those that are wider in the front.
What can we do?
A gait analysis and biomechanical assessment of your walking or running activities that cause the pain will be performed. An ultrasound can be used too. Footwear recommendations and/or shoe padding and/or foot orthoses may be prescribed after the assessment. Sometimes, you may be referred to see a physician an injection of corticosteroids.