Mortons Neuroma

Morton's neuroma is a thickening of tissues around the nerve that leads to the toes. Morton's neuroma usually develops between the third and fourth toes in response to irritation, such as that caused by wearing high-heeled or narrow shoes, or from trauma. Symptoms may include a burning pain that radiates from the ball of the foot to the toes or numbness in the toes. Some patients also complain of a feeling of a "folded sock". Conservative treatments usually resolve the pain or progressions of the condition, and range from wearing roomier, lower-heeled footwear or using orthotics to reduce the pressure on the nerve, to injections of cortosteroid medication to reduce swelling and inflammation. In some cases, and alcohol preparation is used to sclerose the nerve. In those cases where conservative treatment has not been effective, surgical removal of the neuroma is required. This is a procedure that is done in the Ford Center for Foot Surgery.