What is a Mortons Neuroma?
A neuroma is the inflammation and thickening of a nerve often causing discomfort and pain. A neuroma can present in several locations in the foot. A Mortons Neuroma is the most common, it occurs in the space between the 3rd and 4th metatarsal heads when the third common plantar nerve is inflamed.
Signs and Symptoms
The symptoms of a Mortons Neuroma are all related to the function of the nerve. The longer the nerve has been inflamed the worse the symptoms are. In the beginning numbness and tingling are felt, over time these symptoms often progress to burning and stabbing type pain.
The inflammation of the third common plantar nerve is caused by the compression of the nerve due to poor foot function and broadening of the front of the foot.
The initial treatments include padding and strapping as well as toe props to separate the 3rd and 4th metatarsal bones. Orthotics are used to provide a more permanent solution to improve foot function and alleviate compression of the nerve.