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What is Morton’s Neuroma?

Many people think that Morton’s Neuroma is a tumor, but this is actually incorrect.  Morton’s Neuroma occurs when there is a thickening of the nerve in the forefoot with occasional scar tissue formation.  It typically affects the intermetatarsal plantar nerve.  This nerve is located between the 2nd and 3rd or the 3rd and 4th long toe bones called metatarsals.  If there is continuous pressure on the nerve, it thickens and creates fibrous tissue around itself.  


Symptoms include pain between the 2nd and 3rd or 3rd and 4th toes.  Pain can also be felt as radiating down to the toes.  Depending on the size and the thickness of the nerve pins and needles sensations, and burning can accompany the pain.  Symptoms can worsen in pointed shoes like high heels or ballet pointe shoes.

David Applegate, DPM believes that Morton’s Neuroma should not be ignored. If you suspect that you may be suffering from Morton’s Neuroma consider scheduling an appointment at Texas Foot and Ankle Specialists. We are conveniently located adjacent to the La Centerra outdoor shopping center across from Cinco Ranch High School in the Katy area of west Houston. We have convenient hours to accommodate a variety of schedules and can offer same day appointments most of the time for those with pressing needs.