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What is Morton’s Neuroma?

Morton′s Neuroma is a painful foot disorder that causes discomfort on the bottom or ball of the foot. You can expect to feel the pain at the bottom of the foot in between the third and fourth toes.

This issue evolves when the tissue around one of the nerves to the toes swells up or thickens. You will feel a sharp or burning feeling on the ball of the foot.

The feeling is said to resemble a small pebble or lump in your shoes making it uncomfortable to walk. You might experience numbness or tingling in your toes. There is usually no visible sign on the foot.

Causes

You can develop Morton′s Neuroma by wearing high heels and putting too much pressure on the foot and toes. Also wearing tight shoes that squeeze the foot will also cause this foot issue.

At Home Treatments

There are certain things that you can change in your lifestyle to prevent and treat this common issue without having to see a doctor.

  • Avoid wearing tight or narrow shoes
  • Avoid wearing high heeled shoes for long periods of time
  • Choose a shoe that is wide enough for your foot to be comfortable
  • Rest your feet or take pressure off of them when possible
  • Get a good foot massage often to relax the muscles and nerves
  • Use ice to reduce any inflammation on the bottom of the foot
  • Take an over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medication

When to See a Doctor

If you have tried the at home treatments and you are still feeling pain or discomfort, then it is time to see a doctor. Your doctor might recommend special pads or braces for your feet. They may also give you a steroid shot to reduce any inflammation. Surgery, of course, might be a last resort to cure your Morton′s Neuroma.

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