Morton's Neuroma refers to a nerve injury between the toes, usually the third and fourth toes, which causes pain and thickening of the nerve tissue. Compression or chronic irritation of this interdigital nerve is the main cause of Morton's Neuroma. Excess pressure is exerted on the nerves due to narrowing of the gap between the toe bones causing thickening of the nerve tissue from scar tissue formation. This causes swelling of the nerve and the surrounding tissue.
Morton's neuroma is more common in women than in men. The associated symptoms include:
Early treatment is critical to relieve pain. Mild to moderate cases of Morton's Neuroma can be managed by conservative treatment. Severe cases of neuroma may require surgery.
The conservative treatment measures include:
Surgical treatment involves rresection of the involved nerve (neurectomy) or the surrounding tissue.