Morton’s Neuroma is an orthopedic condition that causes a sharp and
burning pain in the ball of the foot, usually between the third and fourth
toe. The person suffering from the problem may feel as if he is standing
on a pleated sock or grit in his shoe and the toe may itch, and feel numb.
Although the exact cause of Morton’s Neuroma is not known there are
a number of reasons that are believed to aggravate it.
Footwear: Wearing very tight shoes can worsen the pain caused due to Morton’s
Neuroma. Shoes with high heels, pointed shoes or tight toe shoes can compress
the toes and cause pain.
Foot Conditions: There are many foot conditions that can lead to this condition because
they rub the bones against the foot nerve. Some of these are high arched
foot, flat feet, hammer toe and bunion.
Sports Activities: Sports that involve running can also increase the foot pain as they put
extra burden on the foot nerve.
- Sudden pain while walking. The pain may either be sharp or dull but it
causes the patient to stop and remove the shoe.
- A feeling that there is something inside the ball of the foot
- Paresthesia- a feeling of pricking or tingling with no visible continuing
physical effect which is also known as pins and needles.
orthopedic doctors usually prescribe self-help measures to treat Morton’s Neuroma.
Some of these are:
- Providing proper rest to foot and massaging the affected toes.
- Soothing the affected area with an ice pack.
- Changing footwear and wearing wide toed and flat ones.
- Using arch supports- a padding that supports the arch of the foot and relaxes
the strain on the toes.
- Avoiding indulging in sports and other rigorous activities that puts pressure
on the affected area
- Weight management for obese patients
If symptoms are persistent and severe, the doctor may employ surgical treatment option.
For consultation and treatment of Morton’s Neuroma, visit the
foot and ankle doctor at OrthoTexas. To request an appointment, call at (214) 618-5502.