A neuroma is a painful enlargement of a nerve. Commonly found in the foot between the metatarsal bones. A Morton’s Neuroma is found in the third interspace of the metatarsals.
Nerves become symptomatic if deprived of bloodflow or if compressed. The enlargement of a nerve is a protective response to ongoing compression and friction when the forefoot is squeezed within conventionally shaped footwear. These symptoms are magnified if the shoe also elevates the heel and lifts and squeezes the toes. In addition to unnatural footwear, other factors that may contribute to neuroma include:
- Bunions, hammertoes, and other forefoot problems
- Excessively high foot arches
Signs and Symptoms
- Some of the most common signs and symptoms of a neuroma include:
- Burning, stinging, stabbing, or shooting pain
- Tingling of the forefoot or toes
- Foot cramping or numbness
- The sensation that you are walking on a lump
- Naturally shaped footwear that is flat, widest at the ends of the toes, and flexible. This will prevent squeezing and compression to already irritated nerve.
- A toe-spacer like Correct Toes to increase volume and space between the toes
- Metatarsal Pads will encourage top-of-foot lengthening and relaxing
- Stretches like the Toe Extensor Stretch or Hammertoe Stretch