Morton's neuroma. What’s that?

Never heard of Morton’s Neuroma? No worries! It is non-cancerous although the name suggested so. This condition is also known as Morton's metatarsalgia, Morton's disease, Morton's neuralgia, plantar neuroma, and intermetatarsal neuroma. 

It is a condition that can occur in one foot or both feet. Where by the nerve between the third and fourth get pushed together and pinched. This fiction on the nerves leads to inflammation and thickening(Fibrosis) of the nerve, causing pain.  

The exact cause of this condition is not known. However, the possible causes are the result of long standing stress, irritation of a plantar digital nerve, years of wearing shoes that are tight fitting and other foot issues such as Flat feet, High arch, bunion or Hammer toe etc.

This usually happen to women who habitually wear high-heeled shoe or in men who required to wear constrictive/tight footwear. This is also more common in ballet dancers and runners. 

Some Symptoms of this condition is sharp pain and numbness at the bottom of our foot in the area involved and the nearby toes. Or the pain can be described that it starts from the ball of the foot to the affected toes. At times, people with this condition will suddenly experience pain while walking and will need to take a rest and remove the shoe they are wearing.

Recommended treatment for will be using orthotic devices, choosing the right footwear or even sclerosant injections.  Depending on individual’s condition, surgery might be recommended.  

Hope that this will help to build up your knowledge about feet issues!