Morton’s Neuroma

Morton’s Neuroma

Morton’s Neuroma is a condition characterized by a painful swelling of the nerves in the front half of the foot, which can lead to discomfort and limited mobility. The condition affects people of all ages and genders, but it is more common among middle-aged women.

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Morton’s Neuroma is caused by the thickening of the tissue that surrounds the nerves leading to the toes. This thickening can be due to a variety of factors, including:

  • Footwear: Wearing high-heeled shoes or tight-fitting footwear that compresses the toes can cause the condition to develop.
  • Foot structure: People with high arches or flat feet are more susceptible to developing Morton’s Neuroma.
  • Activities: Activities that involve repetitive pressure or impact on the feet, such as running or jumping, can also increase the risk of developing the condition.


The symptoms of Morton’s Neuroma may vary depending on the severity of the condition. However, some common symptoms include:

  • Pain in the ball of the foot or toes, which is worsened by tight shoes or pressure on the affected area.
  • A feeling of a pebble or stone in the shoe.
  • Numbness or tingling in the toes.
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There are various treatment options available for Morton’s Neuroma, including:

  • Footwear modifications: Switching to shoes with a wider toe box or lower heel can relieve pressure on the affected area.
  • Orthotic devices: Custom shoe inserts can help redistribute pressure and provide additional support to the foot.
  • Medications: Over-the-counter pain relievers or anti-inflammatory drugs can provide temporary relief.
  • Injections: Corticosteroid injections can reduce inflammation and provide temporary pain relief.
  • Surgery: In severe cases, surgery to remove the affected nerve may be necessary to provide long-term pain relief.

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