Morton's Neuroma: Symptoms, Causes and Prevention

All About Morton’s Neuroma

Causes and Prevention of Morton's Neuroma

Morton's Neuroma is most often indicated by a sharp pain in the big toe or ball of the foot.

Do you suffer from a sharp pain in the ball of your foot, causing you to limp or even stop walking completely? If you've got significant heel pain, you may be showing signs of Morton’s Neuroma.

What is Morton’s Neuroma?

Morton’s Neuroma is an inflamed nerve located between the bones of the foot near the base of the big toe. The pain is traced to the ball of the foot, and the entire area can be plagued with numbness and sharp pain. The pain is often worse when walking or running in shoes that squash or compress the toes.

Common Causes of Morton's Neuroma

Morton’s Neuroma is caused by the nerve by being compressed or damaged, resulting in swelling that causes discomfort. The disorder has been linked to:

  • Wearing high heels or other pointed shoes
  • Playing sports that require running/balancing on the balls of the feet
  • Other foot problems such as high arches and flat feet

Symptoms of Morton’s Neuroma

Common symptoms include a tingling sensation between the toes that gets more severe over time, and then a sharp pain that shoots up the foot when pressure is applied in that area. It could feel as benign as a bundled up sock or a rock stuck in your shoe. However, the extent of the problem is beyond a minor disturbance.

You might notice that the pains get worse when wearing shoes that squish the toes together. You can get rid of the pain by taking the shoes off and massaging the toes.

Neuroma Treatment Options

There are both surgical and non-surgical treatment options. Non-surgical treatments include:

  • Changing your footwear
  • Painkillers
  • Injections
  • Losing weight

Surgical treatments are only recommended if you have severe pain and if the non-surgical treatments have not worked. There are two options for surgical treatment. The podiatric surgeon will either:

  1. Increase the space around the nerve by removing some of the inflamed tissue
  2. Remove part of the nerve—once this is done, there will be permanent numbness in the area between your toes

Although it will take weeks or even months to fully recover, most surgeries are very successful and pain is relieved afterwards.

How to Prevent Morton’s Neuroma

  1. Wear shoes with wider toe boxes to prevent compression
  2. Wear lower heels to reduce pressure on the balls of feet
  3. Stretch/massage your toes when not wearing footwear
  4. Make use of orthotics to change weight distribution

Milwaukee Foot Doctors Help You Relieve Pain from Morton's Neuroma

Whether you're experiencing heel pain from plantar fasciitis, heel spurs or Morton's Neuroma, experienced podiatrists at Advanced Foot & Ankle of Wisconsin help you diagnose and alleviate debilitating pain and get back to your regular life. There's no reason you should have to suffer through it. Contact us today for a consultation and you'll get a consultation from experienced professionals who know exactly how you can return to a pain-free lifestyle.