Mortons neuroma

What is Morton’s Neuroma?
Morton’s neuroma is where a nerve in your foot is damaged or irritated, most common place for this is in between your 3rd and 4th toes. Symptoms include a shooting or burning pain between your 3rd and 4th toes, tingling, numbness or swelling in your foot.

Causes of Morton’s Neuroma
The main cause of Morton’s Neuroma are poor fitting shoes that are either too tight, have a pointy toes box or high-heeled. Also activities that put a lot of pressure on your feet can cause this, such as running and other sports.

Treatment for Morton’s Neuroma
To prevent Morton’s Neuroma, wear roomy shoes that accommodate your true foot width, and avoid high heels and pointy shoes. To care for Morton’s Neuroma, wear metatarsal padding such as gel pads or insoles that has a metatarsal raise.

If you suspect you have this condition, and it doesn’t resolve within a week / 2 weeks then please seek advice from a HCPC registered podiatrist.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Can Morton's Neuroma go away on its own?

Morton’s Neuroma may not completely go away on its own, however symptoms can be significantly reduced by switching to roomy footwear that correctly supports your feet. Symptoms may completely disappear over time if you look after your feet.

What happens if you leave Morton's Neuroma untreated?

If left untreated, Morton’s Neuroma may cause permanent nerve damage. The sooner you seek treatment, the better chance you have of reducing pain and resolving the condition.

Is walking good for Morton's Neuroma?

You may have difficulty walking with Morton’s Neuroma, especially if you do not have the right shoes. It is possible to walk with a Neuroma as long as your foot is protected and relieved from as much pressure as possible. This can be achieved by wearing a well fitting pair of shoes, gel patches or insoles.