Morton’s neuroma occurs when the nerve between your third and fourth toes becomes irritated. It causes pain or discomfort. Sometimes it feels as if you have a stone in your shoe, at other times it may cause a sharp or burning pain like an electric shock. Later stages of the condition are still painful, combined with numbness, tingling or burning sensations radiating around the foot.
It is thought that Morton’s neuroma is caused when the bones of the foot start to press against the nerve. This leads to a thickening of the surrounding tissue which exerts pressure on the nerve and irritates it.
Symptoms can be made worse by running and playing sport, or wearing poorly fitting footwear (high heels and shoes that are too tight). Other foot problems may also worsen the condition, including:
- toes positioned abnormally
- high arches
- flat feet
- hammer toe
Symptoms, which may appear and disappear over time, can include:
- pain in the ball of your foot (especially when walking)
- tingling, numbness or burning sensation in the area
- cramping of your toes
- wearing shoes that put pressure on your third and fourth toe may aggravate symptoms
Your doctor will usually be able to diagnose Morton’s neuroma after a quick examination, and can recommend any further treatment if required.
Morton’s neuroma is a condition that affects one of the nerves that run between the bones of the foot. Surgery can be used to treat the condition when it has failed to respond to other, less-invasive treatment options.
If you are suffering with a suspected condition, you should seek the advice of your doctor who will be able to refer you to Benenden Hospital for diagnosis and treatment.