Mortons Neuroma FAQs
What is Morton’s Neuroma?
Morton’s Neuroma is a condition where tissue around one of the nerves in our toes start to thicken and ‘squeezes’ the dorsal digital nerve, causing a sharp and burning pain to the ball of the foot, commonly between the third and fourth toes.
What are the symptoms of Morton’s Neuroma?
The first sign of Morton’s Neuroma tends to be a tingling sensation between your toes (usually the third and fourth). Other symptoms of Morton’s Neuroma include:
- Shooting pains in the ball of the foot or base of the toes.
- Feeling like a pebble is permanently in your shoe.
- A burning or numbing sensation in your toes.
- The pain worsens when walking or wearing tight shoes.
What causes Morton’s Neuroma?
Unfortunately, doctors do not know the exact cause of Morton’s Neuroma. They believe it may have something to do with the nerve to the toe being stretched or injured in some way.
Other factors that may increase the likelihood of Morton’s Neuroma are:
- Wearing tight shoes or high heels that apply pressure to the ball of foot and the toes.
- High-impact sports that can cause stress on the feet.
- Having flat feet, high arches or misshapen toes can also increases the chances of Morton’s Neuroma.
How is Morton’s Neuroma diagnosed?
Morton’s Neuroma can be diagnosed by a doctor who has done appropriate examination. If necessary, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) or ultrasound testing can be used to confirm diagnosis. It is strongly recommended to seek medical advice to determine the best methods of rehabilitation.
Can Morton’s Neuroma get worse over time?
If untreated or treated incorrectly, Morton’s Neuroma can lead permanent nerve damage which can be extremely painful.
What can I do to help Morton’s Neuroma?
If you fear you may suffer from Morton’s Neuroma, it is important to first seek medical advice from your doctor. What they will probably recommend is the following:
- Wearing shoe insoles/pads that reduce pressure to your feet, particularly the ball of your feet. FootActive Metatarsalgia is in insole built with a metatarsal raise, specifically to reduce pressure to the ball of foot.
- Applying a combination of foot massages and ice packs. This again, is to relieve the amount of pressure in the ball of foot. The Moji Foot Pro is a foot massager that can be frozen for an ice massage and is a great tool for this remedy.
- If none of these “DYI” remedies seem to work, your doctor may discuss the possibilities of trying the following:
- Corticosteroid shot: A shot that contains medicine to try and ease the irritated nerve.
- Decompression surgery: A method of surgery whereby areas inside the foot near the affected area are cut. This is done to reduce the amount of pressure on the nerve.
- Cold therapy: Extremely cold temperatures are applied to the irritated nerve, killing some of the nerve cells. This method has a high chance to stop Morton’s Neuroma returning.