Morton's Neuroma is a name given to thickened
tissue around a nerve in the foot. The thickened
tissue compresses the nerve, causing burning,
numbness, or tingling in the toes. Compression of
the area or toe extension increases the pain and
discomfort. Toe flexion may decrease the pain.
Initially, the pain may occur infrequently but
increases in intensity and duration with time.
Eventually the pain can be excruciating.
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Additional names for Morton's Neuroma include
Intermetatarsal Neuroma or Plantar Neuroma.
Sometimes a small mass of tissue can be felt around
the affected nerve.
Causes of Morton's Neuroma
The thickened tissue may be caused by continuous
irritation to the area through repetitive activity,
too tight of shoes, or direct foot injuries. The
neuroma may also occur without any known cause.
Treatments for Morton's Neuroma
Home treatment consists of decreasing the
pressure and stress to the area. Ice, rest,
metatarsal pads, and changes in foot wear may
If the burning and tingling increases, your provider
will consider other treatment options including
orthotics. Advanced cases may require corticosteroid
injections or surgery.
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