Mortons Neuroma: Symptom and Causes


  • Sharp, shooting or burning pain at the base of toes or fore foot, which radiates into two affected rows
  • Tingling or numbness in your toes
  • Swelling between the toes
  • Pain that increases when wearing shoes or pressing on the area
  • Mortons neuroma may feel as if you are standing on a pebble in your shoe or on a fold in your sock
  • Symptoms can become so disrupting that many affected individuals become anxious about walking, or even placing their foot on the ground


The exact cause is unknown
The condition seems to occur in response to irritation, pressure or injury to one of the digital nerves that lead to your toes.
Factors that contribute to Mortons neuroma include:
  • High heeled shoes or shoes that are tight or ill fitting
  • High impact athletic activities such as jogging
  • Injury to your foot
In some cases Mortons neuroma may result from abnormal mechanics of the foot caused by
  • Bunions (A painful swelling of the bursa of the first joint of the bigÿtoe)
  • Hammertoes (A deformed toe which is bent in a claw like arch)
  • Flat feet (The entire sole of the foot comes into complete or near-complete contact with the ground)

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