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Morton’s Neuroma (also known as an interdigital neuroma, intermetatarsal neuroma or forefoot neuroma) is a painful condition that affects the ball of the foot – most often between the third and fourth toes. It occurs when the tissue surrounding the nerves at the base of the toes thickens and swells. That swelling compresses and irritates the nerves. This leads to inflammation, pain, numbness or tingling at the base of the affected toes.
Morton’s neuromas most often develops between the third and fourth toes. The condition is caused by repetitive trauma and pressure to the area. High heels and tight-fitting shoes are major contributors to Morton’s neuroma, which makes the condition more common in women than men.
Although Morton’s neuromas usually does not go away on its own, about 80% of cases can be easily and effectively treated and managed. One of the most effective treatments involves changing footwear to alleviate pressure on toes and front of the foot.
The earlier a Morton’s neuroma is treated, the better the outcome. If ignored and left untreated, a Morton’s neuroma can get worse and potentially lead to permanent nerve damage. Proactive treatment by a foot specialist can alleviate your foot pain and help you avoid complications.
Common signs and symptoms of Morton’s Neuroma include:
Morton’s neuroma is usually caused by persistent irritation, trauma or repeated compression of the nerves at the ball of the feet (or base of the toes).
Common causes of Morton’s Neuroma include
Although incredibly painful, most cases of Morton’s neuroma can be managed and treated conservatively. The objective of these treatments is to reduce the pressure placed on the balls of the foot, or base of the toes. This includes:
Neuroma pads and footwear options to treat your Morton’s neuroma are available at our Bloor West foot clinic. Our knowledgeable staff can help you find supportive footwear solutions that offset pressure on the balls of your feet, support healthy biomechanics, and look great too!
The following at-home treatment options can also help manage Morton’s neuroma:
In more severe cases that do not respond to the above treatments, the following may be considered:
To find out how to treat your Morton’s neuroma, schedule a foot assessment with one of our skilled chiropodists – no referral required. Use our online booking form or call us at 416-769-FEET (3338) to book your assessment today.
The following can make you more prone to developing a Morton’s neuroma:
Since Morton’s neuroma is caused by repetitive trauma to the nerve, either from poor biomechanics, foot type or choice of footwear, prevention is aimed at controlling these factors. This can be accomplished through the following:
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