A neuroma is a benign growth or inflammation of nerve tissue. When the swollen or thicken nerve is in the ball of the foot it is known as Morton’s Neuroma. The inflamed nerve can cause pain and discomfort; it may feel as if you are walking on a pebble on the ball of your foot.
Foot neuromas most often affect the nerve between the third and fourth toes, frequently in response to injury or over-use of the nerve. Neuromas rarely occur between any other toes and usually affect only one foot.
Often when patients come to us for a second opinion for a neuroma that is not getting better, we discover they have been misdiagnosed and actually have a plantar plate tear of the toe joint. While they have similar symptoms in the same area of the foot, they are very different conditions with different treatments.