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Neuroma (Morton's)


Morton’s neuroma may develop when the tissue around one of the nerves in your forefoot begins to swell. When this occurs, you may experience some discomfort as if you were standing on a pebble stuck in your shoe. Most symptoms will be intermittent and present as a sharp, burning pain (even numbness) in the ball of the foot, that may radiate in the 3rd and/or 4th toes.

Some factors that contribute to the formation of Morton’s neuroma include wearing high heels or narrow, ill-fitting shoes that put extra pressure on your toes or the balls of your feet. There has also been a tie to the development of Morton’s neuroma and certain high-impact sporting activities. Certain foot deformities can also lead to the development of Morton’s neuroma: bunions, hammertoes, and flat feet.

Treatment for Morton’s Neuroma will often vary, depending on the severity of a patient’s condition. In some cases, injections may be helpful for alleviating pain. Another form of treatment is decompression surgery, in which a podiatrist will work to alleviate the pressure on the nerve. In more severe cases, full removal of the nerve would be required.

If you’d like more information about Morton’s neuroma, we suggest you consult with a podiatrist for a proper diagnosis and recommended treatment plan.

Call (519) 258-3668 to book your appointment.

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