A Neuroma of the foot (often referred to as “Morton’s Neuroma”) is a growth, usually between the third and fourth toes, that causes pain in the foot. Many patients describe this condition to be similar to having a pebble in your shoe.
The neuroma is a result of the thickening of the tissue around the nerves of toes. As this tissue becomes thickened it begins to compress the nerves of the foot causing sharp pain. It also may cause a burning or stinging sensation in the toes.
Morton’s Neuromas are often seen in those who often wear high heeled shoes, as these shoes may cause increased pressure on the joints, tissue and nerves of the foot. Athletes are also susceptible to Morton’s Neuroma if they engage in sports the cause repetitive trauma to the foot or do not wear properly fitted shoes during sports.
Signs and symptoms of Morton’s Neuroma can include:
- The feeling of having a pebble in your shoe
- Pain or burning in the ball of the foot or toes
- Numbness or tingling in the toes