Morton's neuroma facts
- 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-inflammation medications, ice packs, and operation.
What is Morton's neuroma?
A neuroma is 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. The most common location of a Morton's neuroma is in either the second or the third spacing from the base of the big toe.
What causes a 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 risk factors for developing a Morton's neuroma?
Improper footwear that excessively binds the forefoot can lead to a Morton's neuroma.
What are symptoms of a Morton's neuroma?
A Morton's neuroma causes a "burning" sharp pain and numbness on the bottom of the foot in the involved area, and this pain and numbness can radiate to the nearby toes. The pain is usually increased by walking or when the ball of the foot is squeezed together and decreased with massaging. It may force a person to stop walking or to limp from the pain.