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Foot Facts: Morton's Neuroma


(Also known as Morton's metatarsalgia, Morton's neuralgia, plantar neuroma, intermetatarsal neuroma)


Morton's neuroma is a painful condition that affects the ball of your foot, most commonly the area between your third and fourth toes. Morton's neuroma may feel as though you are standing on a pebble in your shoe or on a fold in your sock. Morton's neuroma involves a thickening of the tissue around one of the nerves leading to your toes. This can cause a sharp, burning pain in the ball of your foot. Your toes also may sting, burn, or feel numb.



  • Burning pain, usually between the third and fourth toe

  • A feeling as if you are standing on a pebble in your shoe

  • Sharp, stinging pain when placing weight on the front of the flexed foot

  • Cramping, tingling in the front of the foot

  • Numbness and inflammation of the metatarsal pads in the foot


Caused By:

  • Squeezing of front of foot

  • Footwear that is too short

  • Footwear with insufficient toe space

  • Lack of metatarsal support

  • Structural defect of the foot

  • Overuse from activities

  • Heels that are too high - putting all of your body weight on the forefoot



  • Warm soaks to relax the foot

  • Orthotics and footwear with metatarsal support

  • Stiff, firm soles on shoes

  • Proper fitting footwear

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