A neuroma is the result of nerve tissue thickening, which can occur in various areas of the body, leading to nerve damage. Morton’s neuroma, the most prevalent type in the foot, typically forms at the base of the third and fourth toes.
Individuals with Morton’s neuroma may experience the following symptoms:
– Sensation of an object lodged in the ball of the foot
Initially, these symptoms tend to emerge gradually and may occur sporadically, often triggered by wearing shoes with narrow toes or engaging in specific activities that exacerbate the condition. Massaging the foot or avoiding activities that induce discomfort may offer temporary relief.
However, over time, the symptoms tend to escalate and may persist for extended periods, even weeks. They become more intense as the neuroma enlarges, and the resulting nerve damage becomes more prolonged.
A significant risk factor is wearing shoes with a narrow, tapered toe box, or high-heeled footwear that compels the toes into an uncomfortable position. Individuals with certain foot deformities like bunions, hammertoes, or flat feet are also at greater risk of developing a neuroma. Similarly, those participating in activities involving repetitive pressure on the ball of the foot, such as running or racquet sports, are more prone.
Seeking early medical attention is recommended, as an early diagnosis significantly reduces the likelihood of requiring invasive treatments or potential surgery.