Watch for Signs of Morton's Neuroma


What is Morton's neuroma? The condition, named after the doctor who identified it, is a painful condition that is characterized by often intense pain and discomfort in the ball of the foot. Most often that pain centralizes under the third or fourth toe of the foot. It's often compared to feeling as if one were standing on a sharp rock or pebble. The pain often feels like a burning or stinging sensation and may also lead to numbness in the foot or toes around the affected area.

What causes it?

The direct and technical cause of Morton's neuroma is nerve irritation or injury, but what is likely to cause that nerve damage in the first place?

Probably the foremost cause of Morton's neuroma is the wearing of high heeled shoes – which is most likely the reason that women are eight times as likely as men to develop the condition. However, there are other factors that can contribute to the problem, such as jogging or running or participating in activities which place a great deal of impact on the balls of the feet or on toes.

Perhaps more significantly for older individuals, people with other foot issues, such as hammertoes, bunions, flat feet, or high arches, are much more likely to develop Morton's neuroma.


​Providing good senior citizen foot care involves remaining alert for signs of issues such as neuroma and taking steps to prevent or treat it. Among the steps one should take are:

Wearing shoes that fit properly and are comfortable and that do not have heels that place undue pressure on the balls of the feet.

Using arch support and foot pads to make shoes fit better.

In some cases, using steroids to help reduce the inflammation and pain.

If the case is severe, perhaps undergoing surgery to receive relief.

Providing adequate senior citizen foot care also involves knowing that foot pain is not an unavoidable part of aging. If one begins to feel pain or discomfort in the foot, letting a doctor know early on can help to ensure that mild discomfort does not become a big problem.​​

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