Morton's Neuroma

Morton’s neuroma is a benign but painful condition that affects the ball of the foot. It’s also called an intermetatarsal neuroma because it’s located in the ball of the foot between your metatarsal bones.

It happens when the tissue around a nerve that leads to a toe thickens from irritation or compression. It most often occurs between the third and fourth toes, but can also occur between the second and third toes.

Pain, often intermittent, is the main symptom of Morton’s neuroma. It may feel like a burning pain in the ball or your foot or like you’re standing on a marble or pebble in your shoe or a bunched-up sock.

Your toes may feel numb or tingle as the pain radiates out. You may have difficulty walking normally because of the pain. You won’t have any noticeable swelling on your foot, though. Sometimes you may have Morton’s neuroma without any symptoms. 

The treatment depends on the severity of your symptoms: from basic home stretching exercises, icing  and rest, to injections or, for severe cases, to surgery.

With reflexology you can obtain very good results and a full recovery from the condition.

By Annarosa Petrucci