RRMG Morton’s Neuroma
Morton’s Neuroma is a painful foot condition that affects one of the nerves between the toes.
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What are the symptoms of Morton's Neuroma?
You may initially experience a tingling sensation in the space between your toes, which gets worse over time. This eventually develops into a sharp shooting or burning pain in the ball of your foot or at the base of your toes. There may also be some numbness in your toes.
The pain is often worse when walking or wearing shoes that squash the feet. Some people describe walking with Morton’s neuroma as feeling like there’s a small stone stuck under your foot. Removing your shoes and rubbing your foot may reduce the pain.
What causes Morton's Neuroma?
Morton’s neuroma occurs when one of the nerves between the toe bones becomes irritated, which causes it to become thicker. The exact cause of the irritation is unknown, but it may be caused by the nerve being squashed (compressed), stretched or damaged.
The condition can occur in one foot or both feet. It usually affects the nerve between the third and fourth toes, but sometimes the second and third toes are affected.
Morton’s neuroma can occur at any age, but most often affects middle-aged women. This may be because women tend to wear tight or high-heeled shoes that can put pressure on the feet. It’s also increasingly seen in runners, possibly because of the increased pressure on the toes that occurs when running.
The condition has been linked to:
- wearing tight, pointy or high-heeled shoes
- being active and playing sport – particularly running or sports that involve running and placing pressure on the feet, such as racquet sports
- other foot problems, such as flat feet, high arches, bunions and hammer toes
It’s not clear if these directly cause the condition or just make the symptoms worse.
Dr. KATARINA JANKOVIC
Dr Katarina Jankovic is a Consultant Anaesthetist who, with her highly specialised skillset and incredible passion for treating patients, brings a wealth of expertise to the Pain Management service at the Rogers Regenerative Medical Group
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