Morton’s Neuroma is a common cause of forefoot pain.
It often feels like marble is stuck in the ball of the foot. You may get a burning sensation, tingling and pins and needles in the toes.
What is Morton’s Neuroma?
A Morton’s Neuroma is an irritation of the interdigital nerve typically in the 3/4th interspace. The nerve may be swollen or increased in size.
What causes them?
There are multiple contributors to the cause, including your foot shape, tight footwear and other diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis.
Initial treatment options include offloading the area with orthotics, reducing local inflammation through physical therapies such as dry needling and low level laser therapy. The podiatrist will recommend appropriate footwear options. If there is any biomechanical problem that is contributing, the podiatrist will address these with their orthotic prescription or exercise prescription. Usually these options can provide significant relief, otherwise a cortisone injection may provide temporary pain relief, although this is not a cure. Long-term management for the non-resolving Morton’s neuroma is Ethanol Ablation, Radiofrequency Ablation and Neurectomy.