Morton's neuroma is a painful condition that affects the ball of your foot, most commonly the area between your third and fourth toes. It may feel as if you are standing on a pebble in your shoe or on a fold in your sock.
Morton's neuroma involves a thickening of the tissue around one of the nerves leading to your toes. This can cause a sharp, burning pain in the ball of your foot. Your toes also may sting, burn or feel numb.
Symptoms of Morton's Neuroma
- A feeling as if you're standing on a pebble in your shoe
- You may also experience a burning pain in the ball of your foot that may extend into your toes
- Tingling or numbness in your toes are common
- More women than men develop this condition with a ratio of 7:3
What causes Morton's Neuroma?
- Shoes are a major cause of Morton's neuroma
- Some patients experience minimal pain in the summer months due to being able to wear sandals, whilst others experience pain all year round
- Wearing high-heeled shoes or shoes that are tight or ill fitting can place extra pressure on your toes and the ball of your foot
- Participating in high-impact athletic activities such as jogging or running may subject your feet to repetitive trauma
- Sports that feature tight shoes, such as snow skiing or rock climbing, can put excess pressure on your toes
- People with bunions, hammertoes, high arches or flatfeet are at higher risk of developing Morton's neuroma
Treatment and prevention of Morton's Neuroma
- If your Morton's neuroma is painful, switch to shoes with low heels, wide toes and good arch support
- The Enertor walking or Running insoles have a small met dome inbuilt to help with this condition and also to spread the load on the forefoot. This should be your first step to recovery
- If this definitely doesn't work for you, then bespoke orthotics is the only solution helping to correct any mechanical imbalance in the foot prescribed by a professional