Morton’s Neuroma is a condition that affects the ball of your foot, primarily between the third and fourth toes. It involves the thickening of tissue that surrounds the digital nerve leading towards the toes. When this happens this can cause a sharp, burning sensation, as well as, numbness or burning sensation of the toes.
Morton’s Neuroma is caused when the nerve runs under the ligament leading to third and fourth toes, usually secondary to irritation, excessive pressure or trauma. Runners usually feel discomfort as they are pushing off of the starting block. Tight narrow shoes also exacerbate this condition by compressing the toes and pinching the nerve. High heel shoes have been recognized in causing the same type of irritation, because of the foot being in the same position as it would be on a runners block.
Physical therapy focus will begin with alleviating the swelling caused from this condition with cold therapy. Once the swelling is decreased therapy will then include deep/soft tissue mobilization and stretching activities. Stretching will increase flexibility in the affected area. Mobilization of the tissue will help break up any underlying dead tissue. Once flexibility has been retained, strengthening of the ankle and foot can be; beginning to return the patient to their previous functional level.
We treat patients with Morton’s Neuroma in the 34711 area!