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Morton's Neuroma

Decoding Morton's Neuroma: Understanding and Managing Nerve Compression

Identifying Causes and Exploring Effective Treatment Options for Foot Pain Relief

About the condition

Morton's Neuroma is a condition characterized by the compression or entrapment of a nerve between the metatarsal heads in the foot, leading to significant discomfort and pain. This nerve compression results in symptoms such as burning pain during walking, pins and needles sensations, and numbness in the affected area. The development of Morton's Neuroma can be attributed to various factors, including inappropriate footwear that places excessive pressure on the feet and underlying conditions like arthritis. A detailed assessment by a podiatrist is essential to identify the root cause of the problem and to formulate an appropriate treatment plan.


The management of Morton's Neuroma involves a multifaceted approach tailored to the individual's specific needs and the severity of their condition. Initial treatment strategies focus on non-invasive methods such as making changes to footwear to alleviate pressure on the nerve and the use of orthotic devices (orthoses) to provide support and redistribute foot pressure more evenly. Corticosteroid injections are another option, offering relief from inflammation and pain. In severe cases where conservative treatments fail to provide adequate relief, surgery may be considered as a last resort to decompress the nerve and alleviate symptoms.

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