Ball Of Your Foot Sore? You May Have A Morton's Neuroma....

Experiencing pins and needles or numbness in your toes? Feels like you’re standing on a stone? No, you're not going crazy, but you may have a Morton’s neuroma in the front of your foot. Now, before you go and do a quick Google search, we’ll provide you with some information about this condition and how we can help you to overcome it!

WHAT IS A MORTON'S NEUROMA?

A Morton’s neuroma is a thickening and/or irritation of a nerve in the ball of the foot. In most cases, the web space between the 3rd and 4th toes is affected.

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WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS?

You may experience one or a combination of the following symptoms:

  • Pins and needles

  • Numbness

  • Burning

  • Feels like you’re standing on a stone

The discomfort is usually localised but can radiate into the toes.

WHAT CAUSES A MORTON'S NEUROMA?

It usually isn't caused by one factor alone but a combination of the following:

  • Tight footwear

  • High-heeled shoes

  • Foot structure

  • Foot function

  • Muscle tightness

  • Muscle weakness

  • Standing for long periods of time

  • Sports that require you to put a lot of pressure on the balls of your feet

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HOW CAN WE HELP?

There are many treatment options that we can offer to assist you. Initially, we focus on getting the pain to settle down. This usually involves:

  • Activity modification advice (doing less of the things that aggravate the pain and more of the things that don't)

  • Footwear assessment and advice

  • Using a soft pad to take the pressure off the sensitive region

  • Taking pain-relieving medication for a short period of time

Longer-term treatment options include:

  • Using orthotics to reduce the pressure on the painful region and improve foot function

  • Reducing muscle tightness and improving muscle strength

  • Getting a pain-relieving cortisone injection

Off the shelf orthoses

Does this sound familiar? If it does, you'd better get on the front foot (pun intended) to stop this from becoming a chronic problem. For individual advice regarding your feet, feel free to contact us or book an appointment online.

Author: Dion Vallianos

Shaun Bergin

Fairfield Healthcare Pty Ltd, 183 Station Street, Fairfield, VIC, 3078