Morton’s neuroma is where a nerve in your foot is irritated or damaged. The symptoms can often be eased with treatments you can try yourself.
Check if you have Morton’s neuroma
How you can ease the pain yourself
If you go to a GP, they’ll usually suggest you try these things first:
See a GP if:
- the pain is severe or stopping you doing your normal activities
- the pain is getting worse or keeps coming back
- the pain hasn’t improved after treating it yourself for 2 weeks
- you have any tingling or numbness in your foot
- you have diabetes – foot problems can be more serious if you have diabetes
Treatment for Morton’s neuroma
A GP can:
- look at your foot to see if it’s Morton’s neuroma
- refer you to a foot specialist if they think you need further treatment
Treatment from a foot specialist
Treatments from a foot specialist, such as a podiatrist or foot and ankle surgeon, may include:
- specially made soft pads or insoles – to take pressure off the painful area of your foot
- painkilling injections
- non-surgical treatments – such as using heat to treat the nerve (radiofrequency ablation)
- foot surgery – if you have very severe symptoms or other treatments aren’t working
Referral to a podiatrist on the NHS may not be available to everyone and waiting times can be long.
You can pay to see a podiatrist privately.
Causes of Morton’s neuroma
Morton’s neuroma is caused by an irritated or damaged nerve between the toe bones.
It’s often linked to: