20 Jan Morton’s Neuroma
A Morton’s Neuroma is a benign enlargement of one of the nerves that runs from the middle of your foot to the end of your toes. It’s basically a thickening of one of the nerves that supply sensation to your toes.
People normally have difficulty describing exactly how their foot pain or ‘sensation’ feels. Most sum it up by describing it as if there was a pebble or little rock under the bottom of their foot. Some even say they have tried scrapping it away only to find nothing there. Tingling and numbness can extend or shoot down to your toes.
Common reasons people develop a Morton’s Neuroma:
- From wearing bare feet or thongs
- Tight fitting or pointed toe shoes – this compresses the ball of your foot
- Genetics – Having hyper-flexible joints or a long second toe.
- Flat feet or really high arches
- Compensating for other injuries higher in the body
Common treatment methods used:
- Education on avoiding bare feet and thongs
- Wider fitting and appropriate footwear
- Padding and strapping
- Orthotic therapy with a supportive pad under the ball of your foot
- dry needling
- Cortisone and/or Surgical excision
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms then don’t go on living each step in discomfort. See on of our Podiatrsits today for a personalised management plan.
Laura, Podiatrist, The Foot Studio