A neuroma, often referred to as “Morton’s neuroma”, is a condition that usually presents as burning and tingling between the toes. It is more common to happen between the 2nd and 3rd toe, however it can occur in any inner space. In the forefoot, our metatarsal bones are surrounded by ligaments on top and bottom. In between this space the common digital nerves transverse.
A neuroma is caused when this nerve gets compressed by the surrounding bones and ligaments and swells up as a result, causing pain and irritation. This is oftentimes caused by shoe gear that is too tight in the toe box, therefore pressing the front the foot together and reducing the space this nerve travels through.
In mild cases, a simple change in shoe gear to wider toed shoes and a simple pad can be applied to the area for relief. In more advanced cases injection therapy into the affected nerve or therapeutic ultrasound can sometimes be utilized. Interdigital neuromas occur in both men and women, but are more prevalent in women due to the structure of women’s shoes. In cases where other treatments have failed, surgery may be required to relieve pain.
If you are experiencing pain or tingling from a neuroma, contact our office at 865.524.1234. Our podiatrist will help you find relief from your symptoms.
-Written by Bradley Gipson, DPM