Morton’s Neuroma

What is Morton’s Neuroma?

Morton’s Neuroma is a benign lump and thickening on a nerve in the ball of the foot. The nerve becomes thickened due to chronic trauma as a result of repeated stress from adjacent bones and traction applied to the sensory nerves.

Causes of Morton’s Neuroma:

Morton’s Neuroma seems to develop as a result of irritation and has been linked to the following:

  • High heeled shoes
  • Foot deformities
  • Certain sports, especially running or high impact activities

Symptoms of Morton’s Neuroma:

Morton’s neuroma symptoms vary from person to person. Patients often feel as though they have a ‘sock rolles up’ or a burning pebble feeling under the ball of the feet. Sometime an electric shooting sensation, commonly to the 3rd and 4th toes, is experienced. This is usually relieved by removing the shoe. Symptoms may include:

  • Pain and soreness
  • Swelling
  • Bruising
  • Difficulty walking
  • Stiffness in the joint

Diagnosing Morton’s Neuroma:

  • At Podogo, our specialists can diagnose Morton’s neuroma by clinically assessing the foot. The foot is palpated at the painful area, eliciting a clicking sensation to assess the degree of symptoms. This will be followed by an ultrasound or an MRI scan to gauge the size and confirm the neuroma condition. We have specialist radiologists on our team that can accurately detect and diagnose Morton’s neuroma of the feet.

Treatment of Morton's Neuroma:

  • Custom orthotics

  • Steroid guided injections

  • Surgical excision

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