Foot neuromas, also known as Morton’s neuromas, are one of the most common conditions treated through our Foot and Ankle services. A neuroma occurs when the nerve in the foot begins to become thickened. This condition occurs when the wrap that goes around the nerve thickens, causing clicking between the bones, which leads to pain.
Symptoms, Diagnosis and Treatment
Foot neuroma symptoms usually begin gradually. At first, the issues may only occur occasionally when you are wearing narrow-toed shoes or performing certain activities that may irritate your feet. The symptoms may even go away temporarily when you take your shoe off and or massage your foot. Many times there is no outward sign of this condition.
- Tingling, burning or numbness
- A feeling that something is inside the ball of the foot
- A feeling that there’s something in the shoe or a sock is bunched up
Your doctor will examine your foot to see if there is a mass or tender spot in your foot. There could be a feeling of “clicking” between the bones of your foot. Most of the time, you will have an x-ray to diagnose the neuroma.
If you have a neuroma, surgery may be needed. For less severe cases, arch supports or foot pads that fit inside your shoe can help reduce the pain or pressure on the nerve.