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Morton's Neuroma

What is Morton’s neuroma?

Morton's neuroma is a condition that affects one of the nerves in between the toes.

In Morton’s neuroma, scar tissue develops around the nerve, which becomes irritated and squashed. This leads to  severe pain on the ball of the foot and at the base of the toes.

Morton's neuroma can affect either one foot or both feet. In normally tends to affect the nerve in between the third and fourth toes, but some people can get it in between the second and third toes.

The first symptom people experience is a tingling sensation in between the affected toes, which gets worse over time. This then leads to cramp in the toes and eventually a sharp shooting pain on the ball of the foot.

The pain can be so unpleasant that people with Morton's neuroma feel anxious about walking or even putting their foot on the ground. Wearing tight fitting shoes, high heels, or shoes with a pointed toe area, aggravates the pain.

How do we treat Morton's neuroma at the Mansfield Clinic?

A combination of strategies is normally used, consisting of advice regarding appropriate footwear, painkillers and anti-inflammatories, orthotic shoe inserts, and occasionally steroid injections introduced around the inflamed nerve.

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