Mortons Neuroma (or neuritis) is the inflammation of a nerve that runs between the long bones in the ball of the foot (metatarsals).It can result in shooting pain, tingling, numbness and swelling. The pain is usually exacerbated by walking or standing on tip toes.
This condition can be particularly debilitating as the nerve condition gets worse the longer that the inflammation exists at the site.
The cause of this neuroma is unknown, however contributing factors include poor biomechanics including high arched feet, flat feet, bunions and hammer toes, certain sporting activities and incorrect footwear.
Fortunately a neuroma is usually very easy to diagnose and treat.
We treat neuromas using:
- Temporary padding and taping
- Shoe inserts, padding and orthotics, which are proven methods of controlling symptoms
- Footwear modification
- Short term treatment advice including over-the-counter anti-inflammatories, rest, ice and activity modification.
If the condition is not responding to the above treatments, a referral can be made for cortisone injection or surgery.