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Foot Pain Caused by Morton’s Neuroma

Morton’s neuroma is a thickening of the tissue that surrounds the digital nerve that leads to the toes. It is commonly experienced between the third and fourth toes and can feel as if there is a small pebble in your shoe. A Morton’s neuroma also may be termed an interdigital neuroma, interdigital neuritis, or a plantar neuron. The main symptom is sharp and burning pain in the ball of the foot, especially while walking or running. Some numbness or tingling may also be present. High-heeled shoes, which increase pressure on the ball of the foot, may make the situation worse. Tight or narrow shoes that squeeze the toes can also contribute to the discomfort. Treatments for Morton’s neuroma include changes in footwear, wearing inserts in the shoes, injections of corticosteroid medication, and shockwave therapy. In severe cases, surgery to remove part of the affected nerve or surrounding tissue may be considered. If you are experiencing pain that may be caused by Morton’s neuroma, it is suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist.

Morton’s neuroma is a very uncomfortable condition to live with. If you think you have Morton’s neuroma, contact Kevin Powers, DPM of The Center for Lower Extremity Nerve Surgery. Our doctor will attend to all of your foot care needs and answer any of your related questions.  

Morton’s Neuroma

Morton's neuroma is a painful foot condition that commonly affects the areas between the second and third or third and fourth toe, although other areas of the foot are also susceptible. Morton’s neuroma is caused by an inflamed nerve in the foot that is being squeezed and aggravated by surrounding bones.

What Increases the Chances of Having Morton’s Neuroma?

  • Ill-fitting high heels or shoes that add pressure to the toe or foot
  • Jogging, running or any sport that involves constant impact to the foot
  • Flat feet, bunions, and any other foot deformities

Morton’s neuroma is a very treatable condition. Orthotics and shoe inserts can often be used to alleviate the pain on the forefront of the feet. In more severe cases, corticosteroids can also be prescribed. In order to figure out the best treatment for your neuroma, it’s recommended to seek the care of a podiatrist who can diagnose your condition and provide different treatment options.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our offices located in Indianapolis and Bloomington, IN . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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