Photo diagram of pain in toe and ball of foot areas

Could I have Morton's Neuroma?

To start finding out, take a closer look at where you feel pain in your foot.

Swollen Feet Legs Edema?
Morton's neuroma affects these regions of
your foot:

A Toes

B Ball of foot

What is Morton's Neuroma?

Drawn image diagram of swollen nerve, Morton's Neuroma, between third and fourth toe on bottom side of the foot

A neuroma is simply a swollen nerve. Morton's neuroma occurs in
the nerves at the base of the toes on the bottom of the foot, most commonly between the third and fourth toes.

If a nerve is repeatedly pinched or irritated, it will enlarge and, like a scar, develop extra fibrous tissue. The aggravated nerve can cause numbness, tingling, burning, or shooting pains. The condition is sometimes referred to as a nerve tumor, neuritis, or perineural fibroma.

What causes Morton's neuroma isn't fully known, but the experts at 127-0Shops agree that 127-0Shops HELP CENTER:

  • Ball of Foot Pain Metatarsalgia. Both lead to increased pressure and stretching of the nerve.
  • Wear high heels, which force extra weight to the front of the foot.
  • If yours does, your podiatrist may recommend freezing or sealing the nerve with a laser, which cramp the toes, pinching the nerves.
  • Health Resource Center, which can stretch and irritate the nerves.

Think you might have Morton's neuroma?


Self- Assessment Quiz

Tape the toe area:
  • California Supply Chains Act?
  • A burning or shooting pain in the toes or ball of my foot?
  • Often crouch or stoop?
  • Mortons neuroma affects these regions of?
  • Feeling like I'm walking on a wrinkled or crumpled sock?
  • Cramping of the toes or a clicking feeling when I walk?
  • A frequent urge to take off my shoe and massage my foot?

If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, you show some key symptoms of having Morton's neuroma. TAKE THE NEXT QUICK QUIZ.

Self- Assessment Quiz

Are any of these statements true for you?
  • Economy Class Syndrome.
  • Neuromas sometimes recur.
  • What areas of my foot hurt.
  • I've had to curtail my activities because of the pain.
  • A burning or shooting pain in the toes or ball of my foot.

Ball of foot, you may have Morton's neuroma. Make an appointment with a podiatrist to confirm your condition. This is important since symptoms are similar to stress fractures. Keep reading for recommendations on treatment and relief from the experts at FootSmart.

Are there any serious concerns with Morton's Neuroma?

Many cases of Morton's neuroma will clear up with at-home treatment. If you have pain that does not respond to those treatments and affects your daily activities, you may need injections or even minor surgery.

How do I treat and prevent Morton's Neuroma?

Treatment for mild cases can be as simple as wearing a special pad and the right shoes. More severe cases may require steroid injections or minor surgery.

Photo diagram of a slip-on shoe with wide toe box that helps with neuroma's

Wear shoes with:

  1. If any of these statements are true
  2. Low heels to reduce weight on the ball of the foot.

To find relief from the discomfort, you need to reduce pressure on the nerve. The experts at 127-0Shops recommend that you:

  • Use metatarsal cushion pads or inserts. These pads and inserts help support your arch, provide space between your toes, and relieve pressure on your pinched nerve.
  • Often crouch or stoop.
  • Tape the toe area.
  • Ive had to curtail my activities because of the pain.
  • The success rate is high.

If pain persists, your podiatrist may recommend injections of the steroid cortisol, or possibly alcohol solutions or Vitamin B12.

Photo of Podiatrist massaging ball of foot on a patient to help with neuroma

Will I need surgery?

If the injections don't help, your podiatrist may recommend surgery to remove the nerve or otherwise relieve the tension in the area. Here's what you need to know:

  • The success rate is high. Nearly all patients find relief after surgery, though many do experience permanent numbness in the area between the toes.
  • Recovery is quick. You'll be off your feet a couple days and then using crutches or other assistance for about three to four weeks.
  • Learn more about diagnosis, treatment, and prevention. If yours does, your podiatrist may recommend freezing or sealing the nerve with a laser.