Cause of Mortons Neuroma
Morton's neuroma frequently arises due to ill-fitting shoes, particularly those with high heels or a tight fit, which compress or irritate the nerves in the feet. As a result of this pressure, the affected nerve thickens and gradually causes increasing discomfort.
In addition to footwear issues, foot or gait abnormalities can lead to Morton's neuroma, as they can create instability and further pressure on the foot's nerves.
Morton's neuroma is commonly associated with certain foot conditions such as flat feet, high arches, bunions, and hammer toes. Furthermore, it can be exacerbated by certain activities that increase pressure on the ball of the foot, including repetitive sports like running or racquet sports and sports that require tight shoes such as skiing or ballet. In some cases, a neuroma can result from foot injuries.
Mortons Neuroma Symptoms
Morton's neuroma may not present visible signs on the foot since it is not a tumor, and there is no noticeable lump. At the onset of the condition, you may experience mild pain that gradually worsens. Taking off your shoes and massaging your foot can help alleviate the discomfort.
As Morton's neuroma progresses, the symptoms become more pronounced, including a sharp, stinging, or burning pain between the toes while walking or standing. Swelling may also occur between the toes, and you may experience a tingling or numbness in your foot. It may feel as if there is a small rock or bunched-up sock under the ball of your foot. Additionally, pain can worsen when wearing high-heeled shoes or standing on the balls of your feet.