Morton’s neuroma is initially a reversible swelling of the nerve between two metatarsals in the ball of the foot.  It is generally thought that the space between the metatarsals has narrowed, pinching the nerve.  Over time, a chronic nerve “bulb” develops which usually requires treatment, like injections, acupuncture, or surgery. Early on, metatarsal pads, arch supports, and orthotics can all help. 

Most often, neuromas develop between the bones leading to the third and fourth toes, creating a tingling and burning pain in those toes. Oftentimes, the patient will explain how they can manipulate the nerve with their fingers, so it’s not pinched anymore, and provides temporary relief.  Women tend to develop this condition far more often than men, likely because they wear shoes with tapered toes and high heels that squeeze the foot.