Morton neuroma, or interdigital neuroma, is a common condition that involves enlargement of the interdigital nerve of the foot. Morton neuroma
most commonly affects the area between the 3rd and the 4thtoes.
Abnormal foot function (flat feet) and poor footwear (i.e. tight fitting shoes) are two of the most common factors that causes the metatarsal bone to compress the interdigital nerve, causing symptoms such as sharp shooting pains, burning and/or numbness in the affected toes.
At Active Podiatry we recommend conservative treatment first which involves allowing the metatarsals to spread, reducing any compression of the nerve. Advice and recommendations on good fitting footwear and an orthotic designed with a metatarsal pad to help increase the space between the 3rd and 4thtoes is generally our first point of call.
Most cases can be fixed with conservative measures but occasionally the problem if too severe may require surgical intervention.