A neuroma is a thickening of the tissues around a nerve in the toe, most commonly the nerve between the 3rd and 4th toes, referred to as a Morton’s Neuroma. Neuromas cause sharp or burning pain that gradually gets worse over time as the nerve becomes more irritated and swollen, pain radiates into the toes.
Common causes are poor foot mechanics, certain sporting activities and high heeled footwear. Your Podiatrist can diagnose a neuroma and use padding to reduce pressure to the area – then assess foot mechanics and commonly orthotic therapy is indicated along with changes to activities and footwear.
Chronic neuromas that don’t respond to treatment may require cortisone injections or surgery.