Morton’s Neuroma: a common foot problem consisting of a benign tumor-like enlargement of a nerve behind and between two of the lesser toes. Morton’s neuroma is painful, affects the ball of your foot, and most commonly found in the area between your third and fourth toes. People with this foot condition may feel as if they are standing on a pebble in their shoe or on a fold in their sock. This condition is not a true tumor but rather a thickening of the nerve “skin” due to repetitive irritation.
A neuroma is formed by irritation and rubbing of the nerve, similar to the way a callus is formed on your skin from excessive rubbing or pressure. The nerve “skin” gradually thickens to protect itself, forming a benign tumor. When the arch of your foot collapses, it causes excess force to shift away from the big toe and onto the smaller bones of your forefoot. These smaller bones are not designed to handle the loads, so the excess force tends to break down the tissues under them, including the nerves running between them to the toes. As the nerve thickens to protect itself, it occupies more space and is more easily rubbed. Eventually, the nerve gets so big that it is sensitive to every step and it can even spread the toes (called “the daylight sign”).
The right custom made orthotics will address your pain by correcting the cause of your foot dysfunction. Our orthotics are uniquely designed to support and restore full arch function in your feet. This also restores proper weight distribution over the big toe and removes the abnormal pressures causing your nerve to thicken. The nerve can now heal and shrink back to normal size.
It is important to note that, as with most conditions, attacking the problem early enough is critical to avoid the need for surgery. Should surgery eventually become necessary, the use of our custom flexible foot orthotics immediately afterwards can help insure that the tumor does not return.