What is a Neuroma?

Plantar Nerves - NeuromaDo you have a neuroma?  Do your toes burn or feel numb when standing or walking?  Does it seem as if you are walking on a marble or a rolled up sock?  If you have any of these symptoms, you may have a neuroma which is a painful, inflamed nerve in your foot.

This condition is also known as Morton’s neuroma after being described in 1876 by Thomas Morton, a surgeon from Philadelphia.  He suspected that a nerve was being compressed by the bones in the foot.  The most frequent location for this to occur is between the third and fourth toes.

Neuromas more commonly affect women (5:1 ratio) especially those who frequently wear high heels with narrow, pointed toes.  It can also occur in athletes who run on hard surfaces or place a lot of force on the front of their feet.  If not treated properly, the symptoms will become more persistent and gradually worsen.