Treatments For Morton Neuroma

Morton’s Neuroma is a common problem involving the ball of the foot, often resulting in burning, tingling and aching near the 3rd and 4th toes. It is often the result of compression of the nerve resulting in inflammation. Morton’s neuroma is common with shoes that put excessive pressure on the ball of the foot - such as high heels. Other problems, such as bunions and hammer toes can also contribute to the onset of neuromas. Below are some common measures doctors recommend to treat Mortons Neuroma. 


Avoid High Heels

Kick off those heels when treating a foot neuroma. Martin Barraud / Getty Images

Take a rest from any shoe with a heel or wedge that places pressure on the front of the foot. The effect is not immediate but a few days may even make a difference, and in some cases, a few weeks of proper shoe gear is critical to lessen symptoms.


Shoe Inserts

A variety of shoe inserts may take pressure of the inflamed nerve. Russell Sadur / Getty Images

Arch supports (orthotics) to improved the alignment of the foot are often used to treat Morton’s Neuroma because poor foot structure may excessively irritate the nerve. Custom Doctor prescribed inserts may have the advantage of being an actual mold to your foot in addition to tweaking the device to specifically off-weight the neuroma.


Anti-inflammatory Medications

Oral Anti-inflammatories may reduce pain and swelling of an inflamed foot nerve. ROBERT BROOK / Getty Images

Pain medication, specifically anti-inflammatory medications are a cornerstone in treatment, so long as one’s medical conditions allow for oral anti-inflammatories. Often pain medication is used in conjunction with other measures.   



Two types of injections may be used when treating Morton's Neuroma. Image Source / Getty Images

Injection therapy has a long history of use with Morton’s Neuroma. The most common injections involve a steroid medication which is injected around the nerve to rapidly reduce pain and inflammation. Alcohol injections may be used to chemically destroy or “deaden” the neuroma. Most surgeons will try some form of injection therapy prior to considering surgery.



Surgical removing the neuroma can alleviate pain when other measures have failed. Paul Harizan / Getty Images

Persistent Morton’s Neuromas that don’t respond to the above measures can be treated with surgery, and the most common procedure involved removing the inflamed nerve. Because the nerve is a terminal nerve, removing nerve will result in some numbness between the toes as a side-effect, but successful surgery also removes the pain.  

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