Morton's Neuroma


What is it?

This is a pathological condition of the common digital nerve between the third and fourth metatarsals. The nerve sheath becomes abnormally thickened with scar tissue as a result of compression or irritation of the nerve.

Signs and Symptoms

  • Sharp shooting pain
  • Tingling burning or numbness of the toes or ball of the foot
  • Pain may radiate into the toes or up the leg
  • A feeling that something is inside the ball of the foot
  • Aggravated by tight shoes, removing the shoe often removes the pain
  • Symptoms begin gradually. At first they occur when wearing narrow shoes or performing aggravating activities. With time symptoms progressively worsen and persist for several days.


  • Rest, ice, anti-inflammatory medication
  • Shoe modifications ( wider shoes)
  • Simple insoles/ orthotics to control abnormal motion and relieve pressure off nerves
  • Cortisone injections
  • Surgery if conservative therapy doesn't work