What is Morton’s Neuroma?

Morton’s neuroma is a form of forefoot pain that usually affects the ‘ball’ of the foot.

People with Morton’s neuroma often feel pain and pressure where the toes attach to the foot. Sometimes the person also feels numbness along the sides of the toes. Pain is caused when the nerves that run from the toes across the sole of the foot are irritated by the way a person walks.

What can I do about my Morton’s neuroma?

There are many ways to treat this problem but it can take some time and effort to find what will work for you.

Reduce the amount of weight on the foot:

  • maintain a healthy weight (this may involve losing weight)
  • use a cane or a walking aid
  • sit as opposed to stand when performing activities

Changing your footwear:

  • do not wear high-heeled shoes
  • talk to your health care team about shoe inserts called ‘metatarsal pads’

Talk to your doctor about taking medicine for pain. The doctor might consider a pain-relief injection such as cortisone.

Can surgery help with Morton’s neuroma?

Surgery for Morton’s neuroma may be suggested for patients whose pain does not improve after trying the options listed above.