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Causes and Nature of Morton's Neuroma

Morton's neuroma, a common foot condition, occurs when a nerve in the ball of the foot becomes thickened and inflamed, leading to pain and discomfort. This condition typically affects the area between the third and fourth toes but can also occur between other toes. The exact cause of Morton's neuroma is not always clear, but it often develops due to repetitive stress or irritation on the nerve, such as wearing tight or high-heeled shoes that compress the forefoot. Activities that involve repetitive pressure on the ball of the foot, such as running or participating in high-impact sports, can also contribute to the development of Morton's neuroma. Additionally, foot deformities like bunions, hammertoes, or flat feet may increase the risk. Understanding the underlying causes of Morton's neuroma is important for effective management and prevention strategies, which may include wearing supportive footwear, using orthotic inserts, and avoiding activities that exacerbate symptoms. If you have pain in this part of your foot, it is strongly suggested that you are under the care of a podiatrist who can accurately diagnose and treat Morton’s neuroma.

Morton’s neuroma is a very uncomfortable condition to live with. If you think you have Morton’s neuroma, contact Julie Jurd-Sadler, DPM of Progressive Podiatry. Our doctor will attend to all of your foot care needs and answer any of your related questions.  

Morton’s Neuroma

Morton's neuroma is a painful foot condition that commonly affects the areas between the second and third or third and fourth toe, although other areas of the foot are also susceptible. Morton’s neuroma is caused by an inflamed nerve in the foot that is being squeezed and aggravated by surrounding bones.

What Increases the Chances of Having Morton’s Neuroma?

  • Ill-fitting high heels or shoes that add pressure to the toe or foot
  • Jogging, running or any sport that involves constant impact to the foot
  • Flat feet, bunions, and any other foot deformities

Morton’s neuroma is a very treatable condition. Orthotics and shoe inserts can often be used to alleviate the pain on the forefront of the feet. In more severe cases, corticosteroids can also be prescribed. In order to figure out the best treatment for your neuroma, it’s recommended to seek the care of a podiatrist who can diagnose your condition and provide different treatment options.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our offices located in Ijamsville and Mouth Airy, MD . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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