Illustration of Morton's Neuroma
What is a
is a benign (not cancerous) tumor of nerve tissue. A
Morton's neuroma most commonly occurs in the nerves between
the bones of the third and fourth toes or the second and
third toes, but can occur between the bones of any toes.
does it occur?
may be caused by running or walking too much, but often it
just occurs on its own. The pain is made worse by running on
hard surfaces or by wearing shoes that are too tight.
are the symptoms?
is painful. The pain is usually worse when your toes are
pointed up. You may get numbness or tingling in the affected
area. You have tenderness between the bones of the third and
fourth toes or between the bones of the second and third
is it diagnosed?
health care provider will examine your foot and review your
is it treated?
wearing properly fitting shoes
taking anti-inflammatory drugs
wearing a pad below one of the bones in your foot or
custom-made arch supports (orthotics)
getting a shot of a cortisonelike medicine if the above
may be required to remove the neuroma.
will the effects last?
effects of a Morton's neuroma may be temporary or long-
lasting. Some people get better simply by wearing more
comfortable shoes. Others need cortisone injections or
surgery. A cortisone injection may give you relief in a few
days to a few weeks. Recovery after surgery takes several
weeks or longer.
can I prevent a Morton's neuroma?
It is not
known how to prevent a Morton's neuroma. However, wearing
properly fitting shoes with good padding will help decrease
the pain of a Morton's neuroma.