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Recognizing the Symptoms of Morton’s Neuroma

Morton's neuroma, a condition affecting the nerves in the foot, can be a source of significant discomfort and pain. Understanding the symptoms is crucial for early diagnosis and effective management. One of the unmistakable signs of Morton's neuroma is a sharp, burning pain in the ball of the foot, typically between the third and fourth toes. This pain often feels like there is a pebble or a fold in the sock, causing discomfort with every step. Some individuals may experience tingling or numbness in the affected toes, adding to the discomfort. The pain tends to worsen with activities that involve pressure on the foot, such as walking or wearing tight shoes. Relief is often found by removing the footwear and massaging the area. Ignoring the symptoms can lead to increased pain and complications, so early intervention is key to managing this condition effectively. If you suspect you have Morton's neuroma, it is suggested that you consult a chiropodist for a proper diagnosis and personalized treatment options.

Morton's neuroma can be highly uncomfortable. If you are experiencing the symptoms of Morton's neuroma, please consult with Paul A. Scotti, D.Ch from West Toronto Foot & Ankle Clinic Inc. . Our chiropodist will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment. 

What Is a Morton’s Neuroma?

Morton’s neuroma is a condition in which a nerve located in the ball of the foot between the third and fourth toes thickens due to compression or irritation. Common causes of Morton’s neuroma include wearing shoes with high heels or narrow toe boxes, participating in running or court sports, an injury or trauma to the area, or pressure being placed on the nerve from foot deformities such as bunions or hammertoes. Left untreated, Morton's neuroma may result in permanent nerve damage.  


Symptoms of Morton’s neuroma often start gradually and worsen over time. Typical symptoms  include: 

  • Foot pain

  • Tingling, burning, or numbness in the affected foot

  • The unique sensation that something is inside the ball of the foot or that there is something stuck in your shoe while walking


Non-surgical treatments for this condition may include padding or icing the affected foot, wearing an orthotic device, modifying activities or shoes to reduce pressure on the foot, and taking medications or getting injections to reduce pain and inflammation. Surgery may be needed if non-surgical treatments are ineffective. 

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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