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Morton Neuroma


Morton neuroma

is inflammation of one of the nerves in your foot. It usually occurs in the ball of your foot, between your third and fourth toes.

Foot Anatomy

Common signs and symptoms:

  • Pain in your foot, especially when you walk
  • Achy or burning sensation
  • Feeling like you are stepping on a small stone or a wrinkled sock
  • Numbness, tingling, or prickling that may spread to your toes

Contact your healthcare provider if:

  • Your symptoms spread to your toes.
  • Your symptoms do not improve after treatment.
  • You have questions or concerns about your condition or care.


  • NSAIDs help decrease swelling and pain or fever. This medicine is available with or without a doctor's order. NSAIDs can cause stomach bleeding or kidney problems in certain people. If you take blood thinner medicine, always ask your healthcare provider if NSAIDs are safe for you. Always read the medicine label and follow directions.
  • An injection of steroids, ethanol, or numbing medicine may decrease pain and swelling.
  • Surgery may be needed if other treatments do not work. The tissues around the nerve may be cut to relieve pressure. The nerve may also be removed completely.

Wear flat shoes with a wide toe box:

This will decrease the pressure on the front of your foot.

Wear orthotics, arch supports, or foot pads:

These help relieve pressure and cushion the ball of your foot. You may need a medical shoe insert ordered by your healthcare provider.

Do an ice massage to decrease pain and swelling:

Freeze a paper or foam cup filled with water and roll it under your foot. Do this for 20 minutes, 2 times each day.

Follow up with your healthcare provider as directed:

Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your visits.

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