Morton’s Neuroma is often called and “inter-digital” neuroma because it is found between the toes of the foot, most commonly the 3rd and 4th toes. It is a result of an entrapped nerve which becomes inflamed due to constant irritation from the surrounding bony structures. If this trauma persists, soft tissue adaptation will result in the thickening of the nerve.
Symptoms associated with a neuroma include a dull burning sensation radiating towards the toes, or even a stinging sensation that can be described as being similar to an electric shock. Pain under the ball of the foot is often also experienced.
Constant trauma from the surrounding bones damage the nerve branches and therefore the body will try and protect the nerve by increasing the thickness of the nerves insulating sheath. This constant abuse to the nerve branch is present when the foot is unstable. This means that there is an imbalance in the structure of the foot causing abnormal motion. This abnormal motion is the primary factor associated with the formation of a neuroma.
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