Morton’s neuroma is a condition that affects one of the nerves on the foot usually between the third and fourth toes. Exerting undue pressure on the nerve can lead to Morton’s neuroma. Although the physical structure of your foot (having bunions, hammertoes or flat foot) increases your risk, ill-fitted shoes is the biggest risk factor. High-heeled shoes, tight shoes or shoes with a narrow toe box causes toes to be forced into the toe box. Prolonged compression leads to the thickening of tissue surrounding the nerve creating a fibrous swelling that results in more nerve compression and inflammation to the area.
Symptoms include pain radiating from the ball of your feet to the toes, pain or numbness in the ball of your feet and pain that gets worse when you walk.
Treatment depends on how severe your symptoms are. There are surgical and non-surgical options that the doctor will likely suggest. Usually non-surgical condition is manageable. Surgery may be considered for patients who do not response to non-surgical treatment options.