Morton’s neuroma

Morton’s neuroma is a build-up of benign (non-cancerous) tissue in the nerves running between the long bones of the foot. Morton’s neuroma occurs when two bones rub together and squeeze the nerve between them. Most often, neuromas develop between the bones leading to the third and fourth toes.


Morton’s neuroma is more common in women than men. The exact cause is unknown. However, the following may play a role in the development of the condition:

  • Abnormal positioning of toes
  • Flat feet
  • Forefoot problems, including bunions and hammer toes
  • High foot arches
  • Tight shoes and high heels.


Morton’s Neuroma often causes swelling, tenderness and pain. If the pain becomes severe, it may cause tingling, numbness and burning in the toes. It usually occurs after standing or walking for a long period of time.


Treatment for this condition may involve rest and/or a change in footwear that does not restrict the foot. If the problem persists, cortisone injections and/or surgery may be considered