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Morton's Neuroma

Morton’s neuroma is the enlargement of one of the nerves that run between the long bones (metastarsals) of the foot. Morton’s neuroma is benign, or non-cancerous, and often responds to conservative treatments.

Neuromas are typically caused by compression or irritation of the nerve. Other factors that may lead to neuroma are flat feet, bunions, hammertoes, high arches, and wearing high-heeled shoes. Activities that cause repetitive irritation to the ball of the foot or an injury may also cause neuroma.


If you have Morton’s neuroma, it may feel as if you are standing on a pebble in your shoe or on a fold in your sock. You may also feel burning, stinging, stabbing, or a sharp shooting pain in your foot that gets worse when you walk. Tingling, cramping, or numbness in your feet may be present.

A podiatrist at Foot & Ankle of Edmonds will take a complete history of your symptoms during your foot exam. He or she may squeeze or press on the bottom of your foot or squeeze your toes together to try and reproduce your symptoms. Your podiatrist may also order an X-ray to make sure there isn’t anything else causing your pain. Receiving an early diagnosis of Morton’s neuroma can help you avoid surgery. 


Following the diagnosis of Morton’s neuroma, Dr. Wardle, Dr. O’Rourke, or Dr. Nilson will develop a personalized treatment plan for you. Treatment will vary depending on the severity of the problem. Conservative treatment may involve avoiding tight, pointy, or high-heeled shoes. Our surgeons may also suggest padding, icing, orthotics (shoe inserts), non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), or corticosteroid injections.

If conservative treatments don’t improve your condition, surgery may be required. Surgery involves either removing the affected nerve or releasing it. Your foot surgeon will discuss these options with you and determine which surgical procedure is best for your needs.


To prevent Morton’s neuroma or to lessen the pain of a mild case, wear shoes with low heels (not high heels) to reduce weight on the ball of the foot and wider toe boxes to prevent compression of the forefoot. Avoid activities that put repetitive pressure on the ball of the foot, and strive to maintain or achieve your ideal body weight.

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If you think you may have Morton’s neuroma, contact Ankle & Foot of Edmonds today to schedule an appointment with our foot and ankle specialists.

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