How To Relieve Morton's Neuroma Pain

What is a Morton's Neuroma?

A Morton's neuroma is a benign (non-cancerous)  thickening of tissue surrounding the digital nerve in the foot.  It is mostly found between the 3rd and 4th toes and is caused by injury or over use and occurs 4 times more often in women.location of morton's neuroma

location of morton's neuroma

Symptoms may vary from numbness, a strange feeling, burning, or ball of  foot pain.  Tight and/or high heels may aggravate the pain.doctorclipart

Treatment of Morton's Neuroma

You should see a podiatrist, who will perform a foot exam.  You will learn about your options:  a steroid injection, and custom orthotic devices to lift and separate the toes, relieving pressure. 

Most people get relief with these simple measures.  For immediate help, wear a wider shoe with a lower heel and avoid hard soles.

Metatarsal pads will help also.metatarsal pads

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  • Kim

    Jim, without a physical examination, it is possible that you have a neuroma. It can be between the 2nd & 3rd toes OR the 3rd # 4th toes.
    Symptoms vary, but yours sound similar to neuroma patient's complaints. A nerve has many fibers that have specific functions. When a nerve is irritated, the fibers that are affected can be the ones that will become symptomatic. Sometimes it may be numbness, sometimes burning, sometimes tingling, sometimes pain, etc. No two nerve conditions have to be alike.

    Self treatment would include -
    1) Wearing shoes with a wider forefoot area. This helps prevent the squeezing of the nerve by the metatarsal bones. Running shoes are good examples.
    2) Wear a softer liner inside the shoe. Replace the stock liner with a OTC produce like the "Spenco" insole brand.
    3) Stop going barefoot at home. Do this for 1-2 weeks and see if the symptoms decrease.
    4) Ice the ball of the foot for 10-15 after a full day of ambulation.
    5) OTC meds like Advil, Motrin, Nuprin can help relieve inflammation (puffiness) and decrease your symptoms.

    A Podiatrist can diagnose this easily with some simple tests. There are other conditions that may show similar signs , but usually they have a "pain" or soreness component. Seek help if your quality of life is unsatisfactory.


    Appx 2 months back , and without shoes, i've noticed the ball of both my feet seems to be getting somewhat numb + a tightening effect across the ball area of both feet..

    There is NO pain involved.. Only tightening, numbness, & PUFFY feeling in the ball area when i stand . I don't walk very much. I'm barefoot & in the house most all the time. When laid back in my recliner, feet up, I've been forcing (mentally) my toes to spread as wide as possible.. I easily feel the ball tightness when doing this & it seems to be helping some..

    Most internet articles are stating 'PAIN' in foot problems.. Its difficult to find info in my case as no pain is involved. Anyone out there have any input??. THX, JIM