Morton's neuroma: Treatment, symptoms, and exercises

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Morton's neuroma is a benign (non-cancerous) growth of nerve tissue in the foot that usually appears between the third and fourth toes.

Morton's metatarsalgia, Morton's disease, Morton's neuralgia, Morton metatarsalgia, Morton nerve entrapment, plantar neuroma, and intermetatarsal neuroma are all terms used to describe Morton's metatarsalgia.

Because the stitches are not on the weight-bearing side of the foot, the surgeon makes an incision on the top of the foot, allowing the patient to walk shortly after surgery.

Patients complain of numbness and pain in the affected area, which can be relieved by taking off their shoes and massaging their feet.

The tissue surrounding one of the nerves leading to the toes thickens in Morton's neuroma, causing a sharp, burning pain in the ball of the foot.

Morton's neuroma symptoms and signs usually appear suddenly and worsen over time.

When the foot bears weight, the main symptom is pain.

The sensation is often described as a burning pain in the ball of the foot that radiates to the toes.

The symptoms can become so severe that people are afraid of walking or even putting their foot on the ground.

The neuroma can be symptomless in some cases; MRI scans can reveal Morton's neuroma lesions in patients who have no symptoms.

Rest is beneficial for Morton's neuroma, but if pain levels allow, stretching and strengthening exercises can help maintain and improve arch strength.

Take your heel in one hand and place the other under the ball of your foot and toes to stretch the plantar fascia.

Pull the front of the foot and toes backwards toward the shin.

Make figure-of-eight patterns with the foot, leading with the big toe, to strengthen the foot.

This may entail manipulating the foot in an attempt to reproduce symptoms.

Ultrasound scans are inexpensive, do not expose you to radiation, and can detect Morton's neuroma with the same accuracy as an MRI.

It can also be used to distinguish Morton's neuroma from other conditions that are similar to it, such as synovitis.

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