What is Morton’s neuroma, and what causes it?
Morton’s neuroma is a swollen or thickened nerve in the ball of your foot. If you frequently squeeze your toes together for too long, the nerve that runs between your toes can swell and get thicker. The swell in the foot can make you pain when you walk. High-heels, tight or narrow shoes can make the pain worse.
What are the symptoms?
Morton’s neuroma can cause a very painful burning or sharp pain in your foot that feels worse when you walk. It may feel like a small lump inside the ball of your foot. It is usually between the third and fourth toes, but it can also be between other toes.
How is it diagnosed?
Physical examination by the doctor can identify Morton’s neuroma. He or she will squeeze or press on the bottom of your foot or your toes together to see if it’s painful. An X-ray of the foot can also ensure that no bony problem that causes the foot pain.
How is Morton’s Neuroma treated?
Simple treatments you can try at home:
- Take anti-inflammatories to reduce the pain and swelling.
- Rest your feet if possible.
- Avoid wearing tight shoes.
Seek medical attention if the above steps do not relieve your pain. In some cases, a doctor may give you an anti-inflammatory injection to reduce the swelling and pain. If the injection does not help, you may need a surgery.