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Morton’s Neuroma

General Description

Morton’s neuroma is a uniquely painful condition that affects the ball of your foot specifically the area between your third and fourth toes. It is described as feeling like you are standing on a pebble in your shoe. It happens when a thickening tissue around one of the nerves that leads to your toe, ultimately causing a sharp pain in the ball of your foot. This may also lead your toes to sting, burn, or go numb.

Causes

Morton’s neuroma often occurs in response to some sort of irritation, misplaced pressure, and even injury to a toe. It is commonly known that wearing high-heeled shoes (or even badly fitting ones) can place more pressure on your toes and the ball of your foot, which can lead to an overuse injury. Certain sports. Fitness activities like jogging or running may present repetitive trauma onto your feet. This is also true of sports that use tight shoes, like snow skiing or rock climbing.

Typical Treatment

To treat this, start by preventing it from happening in the first place. Be sure to avoid wearing any sort of tight, pointy high-heeled shoes. Be sure to find shoes that fit and leave plenty of room for your toes. As with many injuries, the best initial treatment is rest, ice, compression, and elevation. This along with pain medication can help reduce swelling and pain significantly. Physical therapy may be helpful in decreasing any existing inflammation. Many routines focus on returning any lost flexibility, as well as slowly regaining strength. If conservative treatments haven’t helped, your doctor may recommend surgery. This can range from decompression surgery in which pressure on the nerve is relieved by cutting nearby structures, to a complete removal of the nerve which may be necessary if all else fails.

How to Prevent it

To prevent Morton’s neuroma from happening in the first place, make sure that you always wear shoes that fit correctly, as well as wearing shoes that are appropriate for the activity you are doing. Always stretch your feet, and be sure that your legs are getting enough exercise. Warm up before engaging in any sort of physical activity. Preventative exercises can also be very helpful, making sure to keep each muscle group stretched and exercised. It is also just as important to rest after strenuous activity to prevent overuse injuries from happening.

Morton’s neuroma is a uniquely painful condition that affects the ball of your foot specifically the area between your third and fourth toes. It is described as feeling like you are standing on a pebble in your shoe. It happens when a thickening tissue around one of the nerves that leads to your toe, ultimately causing a sharp pain in the ball of your foot. This may also lead your toes to sting, burn, or go numb.