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Morton’s neuroma is a common condition that causes pain in the ball of your foot—most often in the area between the third and fourth toes. The feeling is often compared to that of having a small rock—or marble—stuck in your shoe.   It is a thickening of the tissue that surrounds the nerves that lead to the toes. In most cases, there are no outward symptoms related to this Morton’s neuroma.


A Morton’s neuroma can be treated with non-surgical and non-invasive methods. Some of these treatments include:

  • Changes in footwear

  • Custom orthotics

  • Cortisone injections

  • Ice/rest

  • Anti-inflammatory medications

If conservative treatments don’t relieve symptoms, your podiatrist may recommend surgical treatment. These procedures may include a procedure where pressure is relieved from the nerve by cutting the nearby structures, known as decompression surgery. Your podiatrist may also recommend removing the affected nerve altogether. The treatment your doctor chooses depends on the severity of your symptoms.  


When pain persists for more than a few days and you suspect it might be Morton’s neuroma, see your podiatrist to discuss your treatment options.

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