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Causes of Morton’s Neuroma

Foot pain can significantly impact one's quality of life, limiting activities like walking, exercising, and even playing with your children. Morton's neuroma is an increasingly common condition that arises from the thickening of nerve tissues in the foot due to extreme compression and irritation. The condition stems from compression of the plantar digital nerves and can lead to permanent damage if not treated promptly. Morton's neuroma most often occurs between the third and fourth toes. Women are more susceptible, possibly due to wearing high-heeled shoes. Improper foot biomechanics, like flat feet or high arches, can also contribute by creating instability around the toe joints. Symptoms of Morton's neuroma include pain, tingling, numbness, and burning sensations, often felt between the toes or in the ball of the foot. Swelling is common, particularly between the toes. Tight, narrow-toed shoes can increase nerve stress and make matters worse. Walking, especially on stairs, can further intensify the pain. Non-surgical interventions include custom orthotic shoe inserts, wearing comfortable shoes with room for the toes, and taking anti-inflammatory medication. Early consultation with a podiatrist is suggested for tailored treatment plans and to avoid surgery. 

Morton’s neuroma is a very uncomfortable condition to live with. If you think you have Morton’s neuroma, contact Scott Matthews, DPM, MD of Salem Foot Care . Our doctor will attend to all of your foot care needs and answer any of your related questions.  

Morton’s Neuroma

Morton's neuroma is a painful foot condition that commonly affects the areas between the second and third or third and fourth toe, although other areas of the foot are also susceptible. Morton’s neuroma is caused by an inflamed nerve in the foot that is being squeezed and aggravated by surrounding bones.

What Increases the Chances of Having Morton’s Neuroma?

  • Ill-fitting high heels or shoes that add pressure to the toe or foot
  • Jogging, running or any sport that involves constant impact to the foot
  • Flat feet, bunions, and any other foot deformities

Morton’s neuroma is a very treatable condition. Orthotics and shoe inserts can often be used to alleviate the pain on the forefront of the feet. In more severe cases, corticosteroids can also be prescribed. In order to figure out the best treatment for your neuroma, it’s recommended to seek the care of a podiatrist who can diagnose your condition and provide different treatment options.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Wikesboro, NC . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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