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Does the bottom of your foot tingle, burn or feel numb?
If you have one or more of these symptoms you might be suffering from Morton’s Neuroma:
So, what is a neuroma?
A neuroma is a thickening of nerve tissues and may occur in almost any part of the body. This thickening, or enlargement, is the result of compression and irritation of the nerve. This compression creates enlargement of the nerve, eventually leading to permanent nerve damage.
Morton’s Neuroma is the most common foot neuroma. Morton’s Neuroma develops between the third and fourth toes. In this area of the foot part of the lateral plantar nerve combines with part of the medial plantar nerve. Where these two nerves merge they are usually larger in diameter than those going to the other toes. Also contributing to potential problems, the nerve lies close to the surface of the skin and to an artery and vein.
As a result, even a small amount of squeezing or irritation of the nerve can lead to the development of a neuroma. Pointy-toed shoes or high-heeled shoes are typically the cause of irritation.
Once the pain starts, what should I expect?
What can I do to lessen or eliminate the pain?