Morton's neuroma is a condition characterized by an enlarged nerve in the space between the third and fourth metatarsal bones of the foot. While the exact cause remains unknown, it is believed to arise from the compression of the nerve, especially in individuals with flat feet and women who often wear tight-fitting footwear, including high heels. The increased pressure on the nerve can lead to irritation and pain. Symptoms of Morton's neuroma often include pain between the third and fourth toes, which may worsen during walking or when wearing shoes. Other signs may include swelling, gait problems, weakness, and stiffness in the affected area. Many people describe it as walking on a pebble or feeling that their sock is bunched up under the foot in the shoe. Treatment aims at reducing nerve irritation and redistributing pressure. If you are experiencing these symptoms, it is suggested that you seek an appointment with a podiatrist who can help alleviate pain and provide relief.
Morton’s neuroma is a very uncomfortable condition to live with. If you think you have Morton’s neuroma, contact Warren Levy, DPM of Armitage Podiatry Center. Our doctor will attend to all of your foot care needs and answer any of your related questions.
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.
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