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Diagnosis and Symptoms of Morton’s Neuroma

Morton's neuroma, a painful condition affecting the foot, develops when tissue thickens around the nerves leading to the toes. It generally occurs between the third and fourth toes, causing discomfort, numbness, or a burning sensation, often likened to walking on a pebble. A common cause can be from frequently wearing high heels, as there is limited room in the toe area. Recognizing the symptoms is essential for an early diagnosis. Typically, individuals with Morton's neuroma experience sharp pain in the ball of the foot, exacerbated by walking or wearing tight shoes. To diagnose this condition, chiropodists conduct a thorough physical examination, checking the foot for tenderness and swelling. Imaging tests such as X-rays or MRI scans may also be performed to confirm the diagnosis and rule out other potential causes of foot pain. Early detection is essential for effective management, which may include wearing supportive footwear, using custom orthotic devices, or in severe cases, surgical intervention to remove the affected nerve tissue. If you have pain in this part of your foot, it is suggested that you confer with a chiropodist who can accurately diagnose and treat Morton’s neuroma.

Morton's neuroma can be highly uncomfortable. If you are experiencing the symptoms of Morton's neuroma, please consult with one of the chiropodists from Complete Family Footcare & Therapy. Our clinicians will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment. 

What Is a Morton’s Neuroma?

Morton’s neuroma is a condition in which a nerve located in the ball of the foot between the third and fourth toes thickens due to compression or irritation. Common causes of Morton’s neuroma include wearing shoes with high heels or narrow toe boxes, participating in running or court sports, an injury or trauma to the area, or pressure being placed on the nerve from foot deformities such as bunions or hammertoes. Left untreated, Morton's neuroma may result in permanent nerve damage.  


Symptoms of Morton’s neuroma often start gradually and worsen over time. Typical symptoms  include: 

  • Foot pain

  • Tingling, burning, or numbness in the affected foot

  • The unique sensation that something is inside the ball of the foot or that there is something stuck in your shoe while walking


Non-surgical treatments for this condition may include padding or icing the affected foot, wearing an orthotic device, modifying activities or shoes to reduce pressure on the foot, and taking medications or getting injections to reduce pain and inflammation. Surgery may be needed if non-surgical treatments are ineffective. 

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