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Morton's Neuroma Treatment

Morton’s neuroma is an enlarged nerve that usually occurs between the third and fourth toes, but it can also occur in other areas as well. Here, the ground pushes up against the enlarged nerve, causing the nerve to be pinched and, in turn, causing pain.

Morton’s neuroma usually gets worse as increased usage of the foot causes the already enlarged nerve to further enlarge. The most common symptom is localized pain at the bottom of the foot and the pain is usually most severe when walking, although it can also occur when not walking as well.

The most common treatment for Morton’s neuroma is localized steroid injections at the pain site. In some cases orthotics can also help treat the pain caused by this condition. However sometimes surgery is necessary, although it is not common.

Although rarely needed, surgery is sometimes required to treat Morton’s Neuroma. In this case an incision is made on the top of the foot to prevent bad scaring on the bottom of the foot. This treatment can be done inpatient or outpatient and complications are rare.