Morton's Syndrome

Morton's Syndrome, also known as Morton's neuroma or intermetatarsal neuroma, is a painful condition that affects the ball of your foot. It involves a thickening of the tissue around one of the nerves leading to your toes, most commonly the nerve between the third and fourth toes.

While the exact cause of Morton's Syndrome isn't always clear, several factors may contribute to its development. These include:

  • Tight, narrow shoes that compress the toes and put pressure on the nerves
  • High heels that force the toes into a cramped position
  • Foot deformities such as bunions or hammertoes
  • Repetitive stress on the foot, common in activities like running or dancing
  • Certain foot conditions like flat feet or high arches

Understanding these factors can help you identify potential risk factors and take preventive measures to avoid developing Morton's Syndrome.

The symptoms of Morton's Syndrome can vary from person to person but commonly include:

  • Pain or discomfort in the ball of the foot, often described as a burning or sharp sensation
  • Numbness or tingling in the affected toes
  • Feeling like there's a pebble or object in your shoe
  • Pain that worsens with activity or when wearing tight shoes

Recognizing these symptoms early on is crucial for seeking proper diagnosis and treatment.

Diagnosing Morton's Syndrome typically involves a physical examination by a healthcare professional. They may also recommend imaging tests such as X-rays or MRI scans to rule out other possible causes of foot pain and confirm the presence of a neuroma.

Treatment for Morton's Syndrome aims to relieve pain and inflammation while addressing the underlying cause of the condition. Treatment options may include:

  • Orthotic devices: Custom orthotic inserts can provide support and cushioning to the foot, relieving pressure on the neuroma.
  • Switching to shoes with a wider toe box and lower heels can help reduce pressure on the affected nerve.
  • Stretching and strengthening exercises for the foot and ankle can help improve mobility and reduce symptoms.

While not all cases of Morton's Syndrome can be prevented, there are steps you can take to reduce your risk:

  • Wear properly fitting shoes with adequate room for your toes to move.
  • Avoid high heels or shoes with narrow toe boxes, especially for extended periods.
  • Maintain a healthy weight to reduce pressure on your feet.
  • Listen to your body and seek medical attention if you experience persistent foot pain or discomfort.