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Morton’s Neuroma

Morton’s neuroma is a condition in which the nerve that runs between the metatarsal bones is entrapped. It is one of the most common causes of metatarsalgia (pain in the ball of the foot). The nerve in the third webspace of the foot is most frequently affected, causing pain and numbness in the third and/or fourth toes. This less commonly occurs in the second webspace, and even rarer in the first and fourth. Women are around five times more likely to suffer with this condition, with the 40-50 age group most affected.

 

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Frequently asked questions about Morton’s Neuroma

Does Morton's neuroma go away without treatment?

Generally, Morton’s neuroma will not resolve on its own. However with effective management symptoms can be managed and in the majority of cases resolved. The symptoms can seemingly appear spontaneously, and can come and go sporadically. Although this may not initially cause too much bother, the onset of pain can increase in frequency and intensity over time, so it is advisable to seek diagnosis and treatment as soon as you start experiencing symptoms.

What happens if Morton's neuroma is left untreated?

Morton’s neuroma can progressively worsen if left untreated and can make daily activities such as walking unbearable. Repetitive long term damage to the nerve can lead to permanent loss of sensation, affecting balance and mobility.

Should I stop my activities if I have Morton's neuroma?

Reducing weight bearing activity is recommended initially to allow inflammation around the nerve to settle. High impact activities such as running and walking on uneven terrain should be avoided. We recommend more gentle activities such as swimming, cycling (provided tight fitting shoes are not worn) and careful strength / resistance training. THis allows the sufferer to maintain physical fitness and mental well0being without further aggravating the Morton’s neuroma.

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