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Morton's neuroma (Syndrome) is a condition resulting in pain between the third and forth toes from compression of a nerve.
Nerves that transmit messages to the brain from the toes pass between the metatarsal bones (long ones behind the toes). If the arch in your foot is weak then this can cause the metatarsal bones to pinch the nerve causing it to become inflamed. This is most likely to happen between the 3rd and 4th bones causing a pain or numb sensation on the inside of the two toes that the nerve comes from.
Sometimes it is caused by a neuroma or benign tumour on the plantar digital nerves (situated in the web between the toes). It may develop due to ill fitting shoes which press against the nerve. The condition is made worse by athletes who spin on the ball of their foot such as golfers and tennis players.
What can the patient do to treat mortons neuroma?
What can a sports injury specialist do?
Surgery for mortons neuroma consists of either a decompression, where more space is created for the nerve or a resection, where this part of the nerve is removed completely. This will result in some permanent minor numbness. Success rates for surgical procedures to treat mortons neuroma have a high success rate.