Morton's Neuroma in Sports
(Interdigital Plantar Neuroma)
ExitCare ImageMorton's neuroma is a condition of the nervous system that results in pain or loss of feeling in the toes. The disease is caused by the bones of the foot squeezing the nerve that runs between two toes (interdigital nerve). The third and fourth toes are most likely to be affected by this disease.
SYMPTOMS
CAUSES
Morton's neuroma is caused by swelling of the nerve between two toes. This swelling causes the nerve to be pinched between the bones of the foot.
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PREVENTION
PROGNOSIS
If treated properly, Morton's neuroma can usually be cured with non-surgical treatment. For certain cases, surgery may be needed.
RELATED COMPLICATIONS
TREATMENT
Treatment first involves stopping any activities that make the symptoms worse. The use of ice and medicine will help reduce pain and inflammation. Wearing shoes with a wide toe box, and an orthotic arch support or metatarsal bar, may also reduce pain. Your caregiver may give you a corticosteroid injection, to further reduce inflammation. If non-surgical treatment is unsuccessful, surgery may be needed. Surgery to fix Morton's neuroma is often performed as an outpatient procedure, meaning you can go home the same day as the surgery. The procedure involves removing the source of pressure on the nerve. If it is necessary to remove the nerve, you can expect persistent numbness.
MEDICATION
HEAT AND COLD
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Document Released: 10/25/2006 Document Revised: 03/11/2013 Document Reviewed: 04/01/2010
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