WHAT IS IT?
Chronic compression, most commonly of the nerve between the third and fourth metatarsals, can lead to a thickening of the tissue surrounding the nerve, causing pain. While many factors are implicated in the cause, it has been suggested that lack of intrinsic foot muscle strength, rigid arches, and tight shoes like high heels all contribute to the development of Morton's Neuroma.
Common symptoms include tingling, burning, toe cramping, or shooting pains in the ball of the foot between the third and fourth metatarsals, which can be aggravated by applying pressure to the area and wearing shoes. These symptoms can become more severe over time.
Using padding or shoe inserts, taping the toe area, and stretching the toes can reduce pressure on the nerve. Improving strength to the intrinsic foot muscles can help to improve your foot's ability to support weight and reduce overloading.
Health content provided by Dr. Reed Ferber and the Running Injury Clinic