What is a Morton’s neuroma? Why do I have burning and tingling in my toes?

Morton’s Neuroma.

“Morton’s neuroma” is a painful condition in the ball of the foot. It is often referred to as nerve entrapment, nerve impingment or Metatarsalgia. Mortons neruomas are an enlargement of one of the nerves that run in between your toes. They are caused by excessive pressure or movement in the area (The ball of the foot).

Mortons neuromas are diagnosed clinically with the occasional need for the use of diagnostic ultrasound. They are characterised by “Nerve pain” symptoms with burning, numbness, tingling or shooting being the most common description of the pain. Often the pain will be replicated by squeezing the ball of the foot, sometimes a click can also be heard or felt indicating the presence of a neruoma. They most often happen between the 1st and 2nd toes although are occasionaly seen between the 2nd and 3rd toes.

As the cause is the excessive movement and pressure the aim of conservative (non- surgical) therapies are to reduce the movement available at the joint and to cushion the area while walking. Good general advice for a sufferer of a Neuroma would be to invest in some good quality footwear and to book an appointment with your local podiatrist at TFC Podiatry Point Cook. We find more than 75% of patient’s become pain free without a need for surgical intervention!

Christopher Wevling, Ashley Wevling and Nathan Pring

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