Morton's Neuroma / Neuroma of the Foot

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Foot & Ankle Physicians

Joshua C. Luginbuhl
Alan S. Tuckman

Morton’s Neuroma is a swollen, inflamed nerve that causes thickening of the tissue around the nerve between the ends of the metatarsal bones at the base of the toes, primarily between the bones of the smaller 3rd and 4th toes. It can be an extremely painful condition.

Morton’s Neuroma is more common in women than men. Although the cause is not clear, it may be the result of flat feet, abnormal positioning of the toes, high foot arches, or wearing tight shoes and high heels.

You may have Morton’s Neuroma if you experience:

  • Shooting pain in the ball of the foot and toes
  • A burning sensation in the toes
  • Tingling or numbness between the third and fourth toes
  • Toe cramps
  • An increase in pain with activity or wearing tight shoes

Treatment for Morton’s Neuroma at Lancaster Orthopedic Group varies depending on the severity. Identifying and diagnosing the neuroma early may result in the best outcome and enable you to avoid surgical treatment.

Conservative treatment options include anti-inflammatory medications, cortisone injections, and orthotic devices to correct abnormal foot function. If unsuccessful, surgery may be necessary to remove the inflamed and enlarged nerve.

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