Morton’s Neuroma is a condition most commonly seen among athletes. Characterized by a thickening of the nerve tissues found in the ball of the foot, Morton’s neuroma mostly affects the nerve that travels between the third and fourth toes.
The tissue formation can be the result of irritation, trauma from injury, or repeated pressure on the toe nerves. Morton’s neuroma has also been known to frequently affect more women than men. This condition is commonly caused by improperly fitting shoes or shoes with high heels or pointed toes. This type of footwear often compresses the nerves in the toe area, making these become numb.
Wearing improper footwear during strenuous physical activities such as running adds stress to the toes, which may eventually cause the development of foot complications. There are no outward signs for Morton’s neuroma, such as a visible lump. A burning sensation, pain, and tingling in the ball of the foot that travels into the toes are common symptom of the condition and the pain may generally intensify when wearing shoes or with activity. Although considered rare, the symptoms may not subside during night or with rest.
If an individual experiences these symptoms, the first option to take should be getting the appropriate footwear. With the right type of shoe, any unnecessary pressure will be minimized. Lifestyle changes may also be recommended in order to avoid further injury to the foot. People affected with Morton’s neuroma should rest their feet as much as possible to avoid nerve irritation.
By Dr. Alex Jimenez