Mortons Neuroma is a a condition that affects one of the nerves situated between the metatarsal bones in the foot. Although it is most common between the second and third metatarsals, it can happen between any of them.
More than three quarters of patients who get Mortons neuroma are women usually aged between 30 to 50 years old, however it can happen to men or women of any age.
The exact cause of the Mortons neuroma is unknown and differs from person to person, with no real explanation.
Many patients respond well to simple insoles within their shoes to distribute the pressure off the affected area, and prevent the metatarsals from rubbing the enlarged nerve. However if the pain does not subside as a result of simple insoles, then a steroid injection can be administered to reduce the swelling around the area, which works to great effect – Find out about Cortisone Injection treatment at Sussex Foot Centre.
The main signs and symptoms of a Mortons Neuroma include:
- Pain on weight-bearing – usually after a short time
- Sharp shooting pain
- Feeling of a pebble in the shoe
- Deep burning sensation