What is Morton’s Neuroma?
A neuroma is a cancer less growth of nerve tissue that can proceed in various parts of your body. Morton’s neuroma occurs in a nerve in your foot, usually between your third and fourth toes. The condition is not a true tumor, but instead involves a thickening of the tissue around one of the digital nerves leading to your toes. Morton’s neuroma causes an acute burning pain in the ball of your foot. The toes also may sting, burn or feel numb if you are suffering from Morton’s neuroma.
Morton’s neuroma usually occurs in response to irritation, injury or pressure such as from wearing tight-fitting shoes. But Morton’s neuroma may also occur for other unknown reasons.
Symptoms of Morton’s neuroma
The usual symptoms may include the following:
- A burning sensation in the ball of your foot
- Tingling or numbness in your toes
What happens to the Foot?
In Morton’s neuroma the tissues that surrounds the digital nerve causing to the toes becomes thick.
What causes Morton’s Neuroma?
Doctors are not aware of the exact cause of the Morton’s neuroma. The reason seems to be in response to irritation, pressure and injury to one of digital nerves that lead to your toes.
The common factors that contribute to Morton’s neuroma:
- Injury to your foot
- Wearing high-heeled shoes or shoes that are tight
- Athletic activities, such as jogging, that may subject your feet to repetitive trauma
How is it Morton’s Neuroma diagnosed?
At first, the doctor will ask about your symptoms and thoroughly examine your foot. Because there’s typically no outward sign of Morton’s neuroma, your doctor will try to find a palpable, tender mass. There may also be a feeling of clicking between the bones of your foot.
The doctor may order for x-ray of your foot to diagnose other foot problems.
Can Morton’s Neuroma be treated?
The Treatment will depend on the severity of morton’s neuroma. A common treatment includes:
- pain medication
- arch supports
- padding and taping foot
- wear well fitting shoes
- wear sandals
- avoid high heels