Morton’s Neuroma

What is Morton’s Neuroma?
Morton’s Neuroma is the most common neuroma in the foot. It commonly occurs in the forefoot area (the ball of the foot) at the base of the third and fourth toes. It is sometimes referred to as an intermetatarsal neuroma.

A neuroma is a thickening, or enlargement, of the nerve as a result of compression or irritation of the nerve. Compression and irritation creates swelling of the nerve, which can eventually lead to permanent nerve damage.




Symptoms of a Morton’s Neuroma

  • Tingling, burning, or numbness
  • A feeling that something is inside the ball of the foot, or your sock is bunched up
  • Pain that is relieved by removing your shoes
A Morton’s Neuroma often develops gradually. The symptoms may go away temporarily by massaging the foot or by avoiding aggravating shoes or activities. Over time the symptoms progressively worsen and may persist for several days or weeks. The symptoms become more intense as the neuroma enlarges and the temporary changes in the nerve become permanent.
Treatment of Neuroma
Treatment plans often include:

  • Padding techniques to provide support for the metatarsal arch, thereby lessening the pressure on the nerve.
  • Icing. Placing an icepack on the affected area helps reduce swelling.
  • Custom foot orthotics prescribed by a podiatrist will provide the support needed to reduce pressure and compression on the nerve and facilitate normal foot function.
  • Changes in footwear will be recommended if necessary.
  • Injection therapy using local anaesthetic to provide temporary relief and stimulate healing.