What is it and what are the symptoms?
Morton’s Neuroma is where a nerve in the foot is irritated or damaged between the toe bones. often found between the third and fourth toes but may also affect the second and third toes. It can be very painful.
Symptoms include a burning sensation, tingling or numbness between the toes and in the ball of the foot. It tends to affect only one foot and it is rare to have two Neuromas at the same time in the same foot.
What causes a neuroma?
The exact cause of Morton’s Neuroma is not known. It is thought to develop as a result of chronic stress and irritation of a plantar digital nerve when the nerve is squashed (compressed), rubbed, or stretched. Some thickening and swelling may then develop around a part of the nerve leading it to become compressed and therefore painful.
The chronic stress and irritation of the nerve can occur as a result of:
- Wearing tight, pointy or high heeled shoes.
- Being active and playing sport- particularly running or sports that involve placing pressure on the feet, such as racquet sports.
- Other foot problems such as bunions, flat feet, hammer toe and high arches.
What is the treatment?
Sheridan Foot Health will undertake a full foot health assessment and a treatment plan will be devised to suit your individual needs and requirements. Footwear advice, orthotics and insoles can be provided. Placing an icepack on the affected area can also reduce swelling.
Your GP may administer an injection into the neuroma or discuss surgery in severe cases.
Contact the team on 02392 388149 or 07795 522700 for a consultation and treatment.
The pain caused by a neuroma can progress and become severe.