Morton’s neuroma is not a tumor, but a thickening of the tissue that surrounds the digital nerve leading to the toes, also known as Interdigital Neuroma.
Morton’s neuroma occurs as the nerve passes under the ligament connecting the toe bones (metatarsals) in the forefoot.
This condition most frequently presents between the third and fourth toes, in response to irritation, trauma, or excessive pressure.
Burning, cramping, or aching sensation in the ball of the foot that may radiate to the toes. The pain usually occurs after walking or standing.
Ball of Foot
The exact cause of Morton’s Neuroma is somewhat unclear, however, there are a number of precipitating factors. Any localized irritation to a nerve, like wearing high heels or other constrictive footwear, pronation, or repetitive trauma from activities such as basketball, running, dance, or aerobics, etc, can contribute to the development of a neuroma.
Reduce shock and impact on the nerve between the metatarsal heads.
Avoid high heels or tight shoes; wear wider shoes with lower heels and a soft sole.
Orthotics with Metatarsal pad generally are successful if placed proximal to the affected area. This enables the bones to spread out and may reduce pressure on the nerve, giving it time to heal.