Morton’s Neuroma Anatomy
- The nerves between the toes.
- Most common spot is in between the third and fourth toes; however, it can occur between all toes.
What Causes Morton’s Neuroma?
- Chronic compression of one of the interdigital nerves (nerve between toes)
- Thickening of the tissues around the nerve
- High impact repetitive sports
- Excessive use of high heels or shoes with narrow toe box
- People who have foot deformities
- Females are 9x more likely than men to get pathology.
- Poor biomechanics of foot/ankle – tight calves, excessive pronation, etc.
- Anything that leads to excessive dorsiflexion of the toes
Symptoms of Morton’s Neuroma
- Aggravated with weight bearing that is alleviated with rest
- Burning at ball of foot that may radiate into toes
- Numbness or tingling in toes
- Symptoms worse with narrow shoes or high heels
- Tenderness in webspace between toes
- May feel like you are stepping on a pebble/marble