Morton's Neuroma

Morton's Neuroma Causes And Treatment

Morton's Neuroma is the 'squeezing' of the dorsal digital nerve, located between the 3rd and 4th metatarsal bones. This leads to irritation and damage, which can grow worse if left untreated. Morton's Neuroma is very similar to Metatarsalgia, with the pain focused at the ball of the foot which can manifest in shooting, stabbing or burning pain depending on the severity of the injury.

Morton’s Neuroma also manifests in additional symptoms, including the feeling of a small stone stuck underneath your foot, numbness at the ball of your foot or a tingling sensation in the toes.

While a neuroma is a benign tumour that surrounds or is part of a nerve, Morton's Neuroma is not actually a tumour. Instead, this particular condition is a thickening or swelling of the tissue that surrounds the digital dorsal nerve leading to the toes. Morton’s Neuroma treatment depends on each individual case, with some requiring a visit to the GP.

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Morton’s Neuroma Treatment

Relieving the symptoms of Morton’s Neuroma doesn’t usually require a trip to the doctor. Instead, you’ll find that Morton’s Neuroma treatment is easily done at home. Some of the common treatments to relieve discomfort or pain include:

  • Resting and raising your foot when you can.
  • Holding an ice pack against the affected area every few hours, for around 20 minutes.
  • Taking painkillers, such as paracetamol or ibuprofen.
  • Changing your footwear to avoid heels or tight-fitting shoes.
  • Weight loss may also help to relieve pain in those who are overweight.
  • Purchasing and using orthotic insoles

Orthotic insoles are a simple Morton’s Neuroma treatment that provides support to the foot where needed, preventing the metatarsals from dropping. This helps to reduce and prevent excess squeezing of the nerve, relieving the pain, tingling, numbness and other symptoms associated with Morton’s Neuroma.

While you should avoid high or tight-fitting shoes, if you do need or want to wear ladies fashion shoes with a low to medium height heel, FootActive Catwalk can help reduce the symptoms of Morton's Neuroma by providing the right support and distributing the pressure through your foot.

For normal flat shoes, we recommend the FootActive Comfort, as this insole also features in-built metatarsal support, which helps reduce the excess pressure placed on the forefoot structure.

If the above Morton’s Neuroma treatment options don’t prove successful, you may need to visit your GP. You should visit your doctor if:

  • You struggle with normal everyday activity due to severe pain.
  • The pain is getting worse or returns.
  • You don’t get any relief from pain within two weeks.
  • You’re experiencing increasing numbness in the foot.
  • You have diabetes – Any foot problems may be more serious when you suffer from diabetes.

Some severe cases may also require treatment by surgery to free the pinched nerve, though you should consult a podiatrist before opting for these treatments.

If you are unsure which Morton’s Neuroma treatment or orthotic insole will be best for your feet, you can contact our team for advice or speak to your pharmacist.