Mortons Neuroma- Painful condition that affect the ball of the foot, specifically between your 3rd and 4th toes. Involves inflammation and thickening of the tissue surrounding the nerves leading to your toes. Classic symptoms include a sharp, burning pain in the ball of your foot. Your toes also may sting, burn or feel numb. You may feel as if you are standing on a pebble in your shoe.
Very common in women due to high-heeled shoes. Many people experience relief by switching to lower heeled shoes with wider toe boxes. Sometimes corticosteroid injections or surgery may be necessary.
Factors that appear to contribute to Morton's neuroma include:
1. Wearing high heeled shoes or shoes that are tight that place extra pressure on your toes and ball of your foot.
2. Certain sports that include high impact athletic activities such as jogging or running which subject your feet to repetitive trauma. Sports that feature tight shoes, such as snow skiing or rock climbing can put pressure on your toes.
3. Foot deformities such as bunions, hammertoes, high arches and flatfeet are at higher risk of developing Morton's neuroma.
Xrays, ultrasound and MRI may be used to diagnose Morton's Neuroma.
Initial treatment may include padding or strapping, steroid injections and change in shoe gear. Ultimately if conservative treatment fails it may lead to decompression surgery and removal of nerve.
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