Morton's Neuroma is a common foot problem
associated with pain, swelling and/or an inflammation of a nerve, usually
at the ball-of-the-foot between the 3rd and 4th toes. Symptoms of this
condition include sharp pain, burning, and even a lack of feeling in the
affected area. Morton's Neuroma may also cause numbness, tingling, or
cramping in the forefoot.
Morton's Neuroma is a foot condition caused
from an abnormal function of the foot that leads to bones squeezing a
nerve usually between the 3rd and 4th metatarsal heads. Symptoms of
Morton's Neuroma often occur during or after you have been placing
significant pressure on the forefoot area, while walking, standing,
jumping, or sprinting. This condition can also be caused by footwear
selection. Footwear with pointed toes and/or high heels can often lead to
a neuroma. Constricting shoes can pinch the nerve between the toes,
causing discomfort and extreme pain.
Treatment and Prevention
The first step in treating Morton's Neuroma
is to select proper footwear. Footwear with a high and wide toe box (toe
area) is ideal for treating and relieving the pain. The next step in
treatment is to use an orthotic designed with a metatarsal pad. This pad
is located behind the ball-of-the-foot to unload pressure, and relieve the
pain caused by the neuroma.
If problem persists, consult your foot
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