Treating Foot Neuromas


The condition called Morton’s neuroma is often described as feeling like you have a lump in your shoe under the ball of your foot. The sensation occurs between the third and fourth toes and is accompanied by a thickening of the tissue around a large nerve that connects to the toes. When this nerve becomes inflamed or compressed, it can cause severe pain, numbness and a tingling sensation in the ball of the foot.

Individuals who wear high-heeled shoes are more likely to develop Morton’s neuroma. Any tight fitting shoes or boots that squeeze the toes together, such as those used in dancing and skiing, can be a major contributor. Professional athletes and long distance runners are also more likely to develop this condition due to the repeated stress. Having other foot abnormalities such as hammertoes and bunions may also make you more susceptible.

Morton’s neuroma is usually treated by conservative measures that may include:

  • Wearing the correct shoes—Wearing shoes that have ample toe room and a low heel cup will allow the nerve to regenerate.
  • Using custom orthotic shoe inserts—In addition to correcting problems caused by flatfeet, inserts can also lift and separate the bones between the toes and decrease the pressure on the nerve thereby promoting healing.
  • Steroid injections—These can help lower inflammation and reduce nerve compression.

If nerve conditions like Morton’s neuroma go untreated for a long time, permanent and irreversible damage may occur. 

The pain in the ball of your foot may also be caused by something else such as arthritis or a stress fracture. Be sure to see your foot care professional for the correct diagnosis and treatment. At E.J. Nemet Podiatry in Twinsburg,  E.J. Nemet, DPM, treats a variety of foot and ankle conditions, including sports injuriespediatric foot problems, diabetic foot complications, nerve disorders, and toenail and skin conditions. With advanced technologies and a dedicated staff, Dr. Nemet provides expert and compassionate care to patients in the Twinsburg and Beachwood areas. To contact us or to schedule an appointment, please call (234) 212-9940.