Do you ever suffer from numbness in the toes? Sometimes get pins and needles/burning? Feel like you're standing on a rolled up sock? You may be suffering from a Morton’s Neuroma.
What is Morton's Neuroma?
A neuroma is the thickening of the tissue surrounding the nerve. Morton's neuroma is when thickening occurs on one of the nerves than runs between the long bones in the foot.
The most common area affected is between the 3rd and 4th long bones as this is already the most narrow space.
How will I know if I have Morton's Neuroma?
Symptoms of Morton's neuroma are:
Why did I get it?
- The sensation of a lump or feeling like there’s a marble in your shoe.
- Sharp, burning pain in the ball of your foot.
- Stinging, or numbness in the toes.
The cause of Morton's neuroma is pressure on the nerve. This pressure can come about by wearing high heels, or shoes that are too tight. It can also be caused by having flat feet or fallen arches.
It is far more likely to occur if you are a woman.
How do you test for Morton's neuroma?
Your podiatrist will normally be able to diagnose Morton's neuroma by the symptoms that you describe as well as doing a hands-on assessment. In some cases, your podiatrist might ask you to get an ultrasound or X-ray to rule out other potential conditions.
How do you treat it?
- Padding and strapping
- Footwear advice
Generally, Morton's neuroma is an easily managed condition. However, in difficult cases steroid injections and even surgery to remove the neuroma may be considered.
It is important to note that, like all conditions, prevention is the best form of treatment. Making sure you are wearing good fitting, supportive footwear will keep your feet happier for longer.