Morton's Neuroma is a name given to thickened tissue around a nerve in the foot. The thickened tissue compresses the nerve, causing burning, numbness, or tingling in the toes. Compression of the area or toe extension increases the pain and discomfort. Toe flexion may decrease the pain. Initially, the pain may occur infrequently but increases in intensity and duration with time. Eventually the pain can be excruciating.
Additional names for Morton's Neuroma include Intermetatarsal Neuroma or Plantar Neuroma. Sometimes a small mass of tissue can be felt around the affected nerve.
The thickened tissue may be caused by continuous irritation to the area through repetitive activity, too tight of shoes, or direct foot injuries. The neuroma may also occur without any known cause.
Home treatment consists of decreasing the pressure and stress to the area. Ice, rest, metatarsal pads, and changes in foot wear may provide relief.
If the burning and tingling increases, your provider will consider other treatment options including orthotics. Advanced cases may require corticosteroid injections or surgery.