Who Gets Morton’s Neuroma?

Morton’s Neuroma seems to be much more common among women than men; in fact, between eight and ten times more women are affected by the condition.

Morton’s Neuroma is also more common among those suffering from:

  • arthritis
  • diabetes
  • HIV
  • sleep disorders

Morton’s Neuroma and Fibromyalgia

Many orthopedic surgeons have noticed that there seems to be a link between fibromyalgia and Morton’s Neuroma. Though the association between the two conditions is unknown, upon treatment for Morton’s Neuroma many of the symptoms of fibromyalgia decrease in severity or disappear entirely. This may indicate that nerve damage or injury plays a large role in causing fibromyalgia pain.

Symptoms of Morton’s Neuroma

The symptoms of Morton’s Neuroma tend to come and go over time. They are typically exacerbated by physical activity or by wearing certain shoes.

Morton’s Neuroma symptoms include:

  • sharp pain in the ball of the foot
  • pain radiating to the tips of the toes
  • burning pain in the second, third, or fourth toes
  • numbness in the toes
  • sensation of a lump between the toes 

Diagnosing Morton’s Neuroma

Diagnosis of Morton’s Neuroma typically involves a physical examination of the affected foot. Your health care provider will ask you about your symptoms and examine your feet and toes.

She will manipulate your toes, pushing them from side to side and squeezing on the spaces in between. This physical exam will allow your health care provider to feel for any lumps that may be present under the soft tissue of your feet.

Your health care provider may also listen for any clicking sounds that your bones may be making. Known as Muldor’s Sign, this clicking is common amongst sufferers of foot neuroma. Occasionally, an x-ray or MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) is performed to help rule out any breaks, sprains, or fractures in your foot.

Treating Morton’s Neuroma

Treatment for Morton’s Neuroma usually begins conservatively, with a change in lifestyle choices. People suffering from the condition may find pain relief by:

  • reducing activity levels
  • changing footwear
  • using orthopedic supports
  • reducing weight

Medications are also available to help relieve the pain of Morton’s Neuroma. Over-the-counter medications are sometimes very helpful in reducing pain and inflammation.

Your health care provider can also provide you with anesthetic or corticosteroid injections. These help to numb the area affected by the neuroma, and reduce inflammation.

For those who are suffering severely with Morton’s Neuroma, surgery is a possibility. An orthopedic surgeon can remove the growth and repair your foot relatively easily. However, Morton’s Neuroma surgery is associated with a lengthy recovery time and there is a possibility that the neuroma may return.

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1. Morton's Neuroma
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