What is it?
Morton’s neuroma is swelling of nerve and scar tissue arising from compression of the interdigital nerve in between the metatarsal heads, commonly between the third and fourth metatarsals (long bones of the foot). Women are 4 times more likely to be affected than men.
- Excessive rolling in of the feet can cause narrowing of the inter-metatarsal spaces and increasing pressure to the interdigital nerve
- Excessive standing and walking
- Tight footwear
- High heel shoes
- Hypermobile forefoot
- Pain radiating into the toes, often associated with pins and needles and numbness
- Pain aggravated by standing and/or walking
- Pain that is worse in tight fitting shoes
- A palpable and sometimes painful click on compression of the metatarsal heads
- Foot orthoses with forefoot padding to reduce the pressure and widening the inter-metatarsal space
- Wider fitting footwear especially at the toe box and a lower heel
- Injection of corticosteroid
- Surgical excision of the damaged nerve in severe cases