A neuroma is a thickening of nerve tissue that can develop in various parts of the body, creating nerve damage. Morton’s neuroma is the most common neuroma in the foot. It occurs at the ball of the foot near the base of the third and fourth toes.
Symptoms of Morton’s Neuroma:
- A feeling that something is inside the ball of the foot
The symptoms often begin gradually at first. Narrow shoes or performing certain aggravating activities may increase symptoms.
Over time, the symptoms usually worsen and may persist for several days or weeks at a time. The symptoms become more intense as the nerve damage becomes more permanent.
Risk factors include wearing shoes that have a tapered toe box, or high‐heeled shoes that cause the toes to be forced into the toe box. People with foot deformities such as bunions, hammertoes, or flatfeet are at high risk for developing a neuroma. So are those who participate in activities that require a repetitive irritation to the ball of the foot, such as running or racquet sports.
It’s best to consult your doctor in the early stages of development, as early diagnosis greatly lessens the need for invasive treatments and a potential surgery. Don’t hesitate to contact your podiatrist and schedule an appointment to discuss any recurring pain in your feet.