What are the symptoms of Morton’s Neuroma?
The nature of the pain caused by Morton’s neuroma can vary widely amongst patients. Some patients describe shooting pains from the ball of the foot through the toes , while others describe the sensation of having a stone in their hoe, or walking on a razor blade. Pain may not always be constant, Morton’s neuroma pain can be intermittent and disappear as quickly as it came.
Symptoms are often aggravated by wearing tight-fitting shoes, prolonged weight bearing and walking on uneven terrain or even cobbled streets. Removing the foot from the shoe can often relieve neuroma pain.
The most common symptoms of Morton’s neuroma include:
- Pain in the forefoot or ball of the foot, affecting one or two of the lesser toes. Usually the 3rd and 4th toes, but can occur with the 2nd and 3rd toes.
- A painful sensation that may radiate to the top of the foot.
- The pain may be intermittent in nature and can often disappear as quickly as it occurs.
- The pain in the foot or toes is often sharp, burning, or cramping in nature.
- The pain may radiate into the tip of the toes, or up the feet and legs.
- The pain is often aggravated by wearing tight fitting shoes, or by prolonged weight bearing, such as long walks, or extended period of running or exercise
- Removing the shoes from the foot, or offloading the foot will often relieve the pain.
Sypmtoms of Morton’s neuroma can either be intermittent and felt as infrequently as every few months, or consistent and apparent to the patient every day.