A neuroma is a noncancerous (benign) growth of nerve tissue that can develop in various parts of your body. Morton’s neuroma occurs in a nerve in your foot, often between your third and fourth toes. The condition involves a thickening of the tissue around one of the nerves leading to your toes.
The condition seems to occur in response to irritation, pressure or injury to one of the digital nerves that lead to your toes. The growth of thickened nerve tissue (neuroma) is part of your body’s response to the irritation or injury.
Morton’s neuroma causes a burning pain in the ball of your foot that may radiate to your toes. You may notice some tingling in your toes. At first, the pain may worsen when you wear tight or narrow shoes or engage in activities that place pressure on your foot.
If you have or suspect you have a Morton’s neuroma, you should consult one of our podiatrists. They can assist in diagnosing the problem and establishing its severity. From this, an appropriate treatment plan will be developed.
You shouldn’t ignore the problem. If you don’t seek treatment, it is likely to get worse. Avoid wearing tight or narrow shoes and carrying out activities that place pressure on your foot.