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Is Morton’s Neuroma a Type of Cancer?

Morton’s Neuroma infographic
Tuesday, 09 August 2022 00:00

Morton's neuroma is a noncancerous swelling along a nerve in the foot that carries sensations to the toes. Once the swelling begins the bones and ligaments nearby put pressure on the nerve causing more irritation and inflammation which in turn causes pain, numbness, tingling, and other abnormal sensations in the toes. Some people feel the sensation of a lump, like a fold in a sock or a pebble between the toes. It usually develops between the 3rd and 4th toes and less often between the 2nd and 3rd toes. It is also rare for Morton's neuroma to happen in both feet at the same time. While reasons for this condition are unknown, it is more apt to develop in women than men, likely a result of wearing high-heeled, narrow-toed shoes. These shoes shift the bones into an abnormal position. It is also more likely to impact obese people due to the pressure of excess weight put on the foot. Usually, pain can be temporarily relieved by removing shoes, flexing the toes, and rubbing the feet. You may need medical intervention to ease the pain of Morton's neuroma or it may masquerade as a different condition altogether, such as arthritis, nerve or muscle problems, or previous injury to your foot or leg. It is important to consult with a podiatrist who can properly diagnose the condition and provide treatment options.

Morton's neuroma is a very uncomfortable condition to live with. If you think you have Morton's neuroma, contact one of our podiatrists of Arbor - Ypsi Foot & Ankle Centers. Our doctors will attend to all of your foot care needs and answer any of your related questions.  

Morton's Neuroma

Morton's neuroma is a painful foot condition that commonly affects the areas between the second and third or third and fourth toe, although other areas of the foot are also susceptible. Morton's neuroma is caused by an inflamed nerve in the foot that is being squeezed and aggravated by surrounding bones.

What Increases the Chances of Having Morton's Neuroma?

  • Ill-fitting high heels or shoes that add pressure to the toe or foot
  • Jogging, running or any sport that involves constant impact to the foot
  • Flat feet, bunions, and any other foot deformities

Morton's neuroma is a very treatable condition. Orthotics and shoe inserts can often be used to alleviate the pain on the forefront of the feet. In more severe cases, corticosteroids can also be prescribed. In order to figure out the best treatment for your neuroma, it's recommended to seek the care of a podiatrist who can diagnose your condition and provide different treatment options.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office at (734) 975-1700. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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