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A Morton’s Neuroma is a thickened, damaged or irritated nerve between your toes. This can cause pain, discomfort or restriction in footwear and may require specialist treatment. A Morton’s neuroma is found between the third and fourth webbing space of the foot but neuromas can develop in other webbing spaces.
A Morton’s Neuroma is often associated with the following symptoms:
The precise cause of a Morton’s Neuroma is not known, although it is often associated with specific types of footwear or other foot conditions, such as:
Painful symptoms can get worse over time, especially if you keep using footwear or undertaking activities that exacerbate these symptoms.
A Morton’s Neuroma will also not go away on its own. Symptoms may decrease if you use appropriate footwear and you modify the activities that aggravate the condition, but without these measures symptoms will return.
If you experience foot pain for more than a few days, it is advisable to see a podiatrist or other foot specialist who will be able to help diagnose the issue. For Morton’s Neuroma, this would typically involve:
A diagnosis of Morton’s Neuroma may only require a physical examination.
A Morton’s Neuroma can often be treated with simple conservative measures to alleviate symptoms. However, should conservative treatments fail, then injections or surgery may be recommended.
Surgery is reserved as a final treatment option in very severe cases when conservative measures have failed. There are two features to surgical treatment of neuroma:
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Thoughts and advice on foot health care from the Podogo team.