What is a Mortons Neuroma?
|Mortons neuroma (also called interdigital or intermetatarsal neuroma) is an injury affecting the nerves that run between the metatarsals (long bones in the forefoot). It most commonly affects the nerve between the 3rd and 4th metatarsal bones, although can occur between any intermetatarsal space. A neuroma is usually caused by compression of the nerve from tight footwear or walking problems, which causes the usually thin nerve to thicken. Mortons neuroma is most common in middle-aged women, people with bunions, or who regularly wear high heels.|
What are the symptoms?
The most common symptom of neuroma is pain in the ball of the foot just behind the toes that is aggravated by walking and wearing tight-fitting, high heeled shoes. The discomfort may be relieved by rest or wearing cushioned loose fitting footwear. Patients may also describe burning, stabbing or tingling sensations under the ball of the foot, that can radiate into the toes. Sometime a sensation of walking on a small lump or ball under the foot is experienced when a neuroma is present.