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Morton's Neuroma Overview

What is Morton's neuroma?
A person with a neuroma has an overgrowth of nerve tissue in the body. Morton's neuroma forms in one of the nerves in the foot. Most commonly, Morton's neuroma occurs in the nerve that runs between the third and fourth toes. The cause of Morton's neuroma is unknown. However, Morton's neuroma seems to occur after a nerve in the foot becomes inflamed due to an injury, or due to pressure against the nerve. Persistent inflammation or irritation results in overgrowth and thickening of a portion of the nerve.

What are the symptoms of Morton's neuroma?
Symptoms of Morton's neuroma include toe pain, or foot pain, located in the ball of the foot. The pain may be sharp, burning, or stinging. Additional symptoms of Morton's neuroma include numbness and tingling in the toes. Symptoms may worsen during running, jumping, or while wearing tight shoes.

How does the doctor treat Morton's neuroma?
Treatment for Morton's neuroma includes an arch support, and shoes that provide a lot room in the toes. Additional treatment for Morton's neuroma may include injections of corticosteroid medication or surgery.

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Last Updated: Nov 29, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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