A neuroma is an enlarged, benign growth of nerves, most commonly between the third and fourth toes. Neuromas are caused by tissue rubbing against and irritating the nerves. Pressure from poorly fitting shoes or an abnormal bone structure can also lead to this condition.

Morton's neuroma is a thickening of tissues around the nerve that leads to the toes. Morton's neuroma usually develops between the third and fourth toes in response to irritation, such as that caused by wearing high-heeled or narrow shoes, high impact exercise that put repetitive stress on the forefoot such as running, or from trauma.

Symptoms may include sensations of thickness, burning, numbness, tingling, or pain in the ball of the foot. 

Morton's Neuroma can be treated using padding to decrease pressure of the nerves, ice to relieve inflammation and swelling, by wearing roomier, lower-heeled footwear or using orthotics to reduce the pressure on the nerve. Ultrasound guided injections of alcohol done over a specified period of time have been extremely successful in shrinking the nerve that causes the pain.

In severe cases, surgical removal of the growth may be necessary.

To make an appointment, call the Foot and Ankle Center of Lake City at 206-368-7000 or request an appointment online.

Illustration source: Foot Health Facts, Web publication of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons