What is Mortons Neuroma?
A Mortons neuroma is a nerve entrapment syndrome of the foot. It occurs when prolonged irritation of the nerve causes thickening and sometimes scarring. It most commonly occurs between the 2-3 or 3-4 metatarsal spaces.
Foot neuromas are commonly misdiagnosed for other musculoskeletal conditions such as bursitis, arthritis, sesamoiditis and tarsal tunnel syndrome. For effective treatment, the clinician must ensure a correct diagnosis. Current research suggests that Mortons neuroma can be diagnosed by thorough history-taking and clinical examination in 90-95% of cases. This means without requiring a diagnostic ultrasound or MRI.
Symptoms of Mortons Neuroma
The most common symptoms experienced by an individual with a foot neuroma is pain in the ball of the foot, which can radiate into the toes. It may be accompanied by pins and needles, tingling, or numbness. These are classic nerve symptom signs.
Mortons neuroma discomfort is not always easy to pin-point. Sometimes the pain may be more generalised to the front of the foot and difficult to locate. It may give the feeling of stepping on a marble, having tissue paper scrunched under the toes or even a severe crushing sensation.
Symptoms of Mortons neuroma are often exacerbated by lifestyle factors. In particular the use of tight, restrictive or high-heeled shoes or partaking in activities involving jumping or landing on the front of the foot. If you are experiencing the symptoms of Mortons neuroma, book an appointment with one of the Performance Podiatry team to have a treatment plan tailored just for you. We pride ourselves on having you healed as quickly as possible.
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