What is Morton's Neuroma?

Morton's Neuroma is a painful growth of nerve tissue in the foot, most commonly found between the heads of the third and fourth metatarsals, the long bones in your feet. When your metatarsals in your feet compress together because of either foot deformities, high-impact activities, or the use of tight shoes such as heels, the nerves between the metatarsals become irritated and swollen.

What are the symptoms of Morton's Neuroma?

Morton's Neuromas often feel as if you are walking on a pebble. You may experience radiating, tingling sensations shooting into your toes, typically the third and fourth toes. As a neuroma worsens, it can become extremely painful. Oftentimes, neuromas become one of the more difficult conditions in the foot to resolve.

What can be done to treat Morton's Neuromas?

Here at ChilternWellbeing conservative care is always recommended to treat neuromas. Conservative options include:
  • The use of shoes with a wide toe box and thick sole to prevent nerve irritation.
  • Custom molded orthotics with neuroma specific padding that can help offload pressure to the affected nerve.
  • Padding and Taping
  • Routine icing of the foot with a frozen bottle of water
  • Anti-inflammatory medications
  • Cortisone injections and/ or physical therapy modalities such as electrical stimulation, ultrasound, and hydrotherapy also help reduce neuroma pain
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