Morton's neuroma is a painful condition, also referred to as a pinched nerve or a nerve tumor. It is a benign growth of nerve tissue frequently found between the third and fourth toes that brings on pain, a burning sensation, tingling, or numbness between the toes and in the ball of the foot.
The principle symptom associated with a neuroma is pain between the toes while walking. Those suffering from the condition often find relief by stopping their walk, taking off their shoe, and rubbing the affected area. At times, the patient will describe the pain as similar to having a stone in his or her shoe. The vast majority of people who develop neuromas are women.
The symptoms are characterized by pain in the forefoot and between the toes,tingling and numbness in the ball of the foot, swelling between the toes, pain in the ball of the foot when weight is placed on it.
RELIEF AND PREVENTION
Wear shoes with plenty of room for the toes to move, low heels, and laces or buckles that allow for width adjustment.
High heels should be avoided whenever possible because they place undo strain on the forefoot and can contribute to a number of foot problems.
Resting the foot and massaging the affected area can temporarily alleviate neuroma pain. Use an ice pack to help to dull the pain and improve comfort.
For simple, undeveloped neuromas, a pair of thick-soled shoes with a wide toe box is often adequate treatment to relieve symptoms, allowing the condition to diminish on its own.
Use thick, shock-absorbent soles and proper insoles that are designed to keep excessive pressure off of the foot.