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Morton's Neuroma - Forefoot Pain

Morton's Neuroma - Forefoot Pain

What is Morton’s Neuroma?

Have you ever experienced numbness or tingling in your toes? Intermittent pain? A clicking feeling as you walk? The sensation that you are walking on a pebble stuck in your shoe? If so, you might be suffering from Morton’s neuroma – one of the most common problems seen by foot specialists today.

Morton’s neuroma – also called traumatic neuroma – is an inflamed and/or enlarged nerve in the metatarsals (toes). It most commonly occurs between the 3rd and 4th metatarsal heads. This is where the intermetatarsal nerve is the thickest. Neuromas can also occur between the 2nd and 3rd metatarsal heads.

Symptoms of neuromas include:

Causes of Morton’s Neuroma

Both biomechanical problems and shoe choice can contribute to the condition. With that in mind, there are four main causes.

Women make up the majority of people who suffer from neuromas. This is mainly due to their overuse of high heels and tight shoes. For women, it is important to choose proper footwear to prevent the condition. Pick shoes with:

Women who wear high heels frequently and also engage in weightbearing exercises like running, aerobics, or tennis may develop Morton’s neuroma more quickly than others.

Treatment of Morton’s Neuroma

If you are suffering from the condition, your podiatrist will most likely tell you to start wearing insoles to return your foot to a normal position. This will address any biomechanical irregularities – particularly overponation.


For immediate relief try:

If you have a serious case, your podiatrist might:

Surgery is a last resort. This will be performed under a local anesthetic. You have to stay off the foot for four to six weeks after the procedure. Most people report complete recovery after the surgery without pain. Side effects include continued numbness in the area.

Insoles are Often the Best Treatment for Morton’s Neuroma

Insoles like the Tread Labs Stride have medical-grade arch supports and firm structure. Our insoles correct overpronation, one of the main biomechanical irregularities that contributes to nerve trauma. Our insoles also will lift and separate the metatarsals, alleviating pressure on the nerve.

For most people, choosing more supportive, comfortable footwear in addition to adding a pair of Stride insoles will effectively prevent and treat Morton's neuromas.