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Morton’s Neuroma

Morton's Neuroma Pain

• Morton’s neuroma is a swollen, inflamed nerve in the foot.
• Morton’s neuroma causes a “burning” sharp pain on the bottom of the foot.
• Treatments for Morton’s neuroma include resting the foot, better-fitting shoes, anti-inflammatory medications, ice packs, and surgery.

What is Morton's neuroma?

A neuroma is a growth (benign tumor) that arises in nerve cells. A Morton’s neuroma is a swollen, inflamed nerve located between the bones at the ball of the foot. Morton’s neuroma is the most common location in either the second or the third spacing from the base of the big toe.

What causes Morton's neuroma?

A Morton’s neuroma is caused by compression of the nerve of sensation between the ends of the metatarsal bones at the base of the toes.

What are the risk factors for developing Morton's neuroma?

Improper footwear that excessively binds the forefoot can lead to Morton’s neuroma.

What are the symptoms of Morton's neuroma?

A Morton’s neuroma causes symptoms of metatarsalgia (pain in the ball of the foot) that feels like a “burning” sharp pain and numbness that can radiate to the nearby toes. The pain usually increases by walking or when the ball of the foot is squeezed together and decreases with massaging. This ball of foot pain may force a person to stop walking or to limp from the pain.


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