Morton’s neuroma is a growth or benign tumor that affects the ball of your foot. It is commonly located in the space between your third and fourth toe, which is why it is also known as an intermetatarsal neuroma or intermetatarsal space neuroma. The neuroma entraps the affected nerve, which is what causes the symptoms that characterize this condition.
The exact mechanism that leads to Morton’s neuroma isn’t known. Experts believe that the most likely cause is compression of the plantar nerve by the transverse metatarsal ligament. Over time, this compression leads to an abnormal thickening of the nerve and permanent nerve damage.
Morton’s neuroma is more common amongst middle-aged patients. Women between the ages of 45 and 50 years old are more likely to develop this condition.
Certain risk factors can increase your likelihood of suffering from Morton’s neuroma. These risk factors include:
The treatment for Morton’s neuroma is usually very simple. Many patients experience instant relief once they remove their shoes. Your podiatrist will probably start out with a more conservative treatment plan and only move onto more aggressive measures if needed.
Conservative measures include:
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