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Morton’s Neuroma

Morton’s Neuroma

It can feel like a small knob and when pressed produces a shooting pain, numbness and tingling between the toes and in the ball of the foot. There is a treatment that will allow you to stay active all day, enjoy sports and dancing again.

Morton’s Neuroma

Stay active all day. Enjoy sports and dancing again.

A painful condition affecting the foot, Morton’s neuroma affects the ball of the foot. Commonly between the metatarsals, you may experience a sharp burning pain in the ball of your foot. It can feel like a small knob and when pressed produces a shooting pain, numbness and tingling between the toes and in the ball of the foot.

Often referred to as a pinched nerve or nerve tumor it is more common in women due to the wearing of narrow shoes or high heels. To ease the pain of the thickened nerves those suffering often have to stop walking, take off their shoe and massage the affected area. Which is not ideal to enjoying your best life and participating in sports, dance or working all day whilst standing.

Diagnosed by a Podiatric Surgeon during a consultation.


Apart from narrow tight shoes another possible cause is from a foot injury or abnormality leading to instability which may put pressure on a nerve in your foot.

Morton’s neuroma can also develop due to physical activity, running or racquet sports. Similar to the repetitive traumatic stress that professional ballet dancers undergo.

Morton’s neuroma is often associated with:

Treatments are either operational or non-operational.


Padding: Padding techniques to support the metatarsal arch which reduces the pressure on the nerve and decreases compression when walking.

Icing: Placing an icepack on the affected area helps reduce swelling.

Orthotic devices: Custom orthotic devices provide the support needed to reduce pressure and compression on the nerve.

Activity modifications: Activities that put repetitive pressure on the neuroma should be avoided until the condition improves.

Shoe modifications: Wear shoes with a wide toe box and avoid narrow-toed shoes or shoes with high heels.

Medications: Oral nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), such as ibuprofen, may be recommended to reduce pain and inflammation

Injection therapy: Treatment may include injections of cortisone, local anesthetics or other agents such as sclerosing alcohol injection


Surgery is advised if non-surgical treatment fails.

Morton’s Neuroma Surgery

Morton’s Neuroma surgery (neurectomy surgery) can be done as a day surgery procedure as it only requires a small incision of 2 – 3cm to take the neuroma out.

Surgical excision of a Morton’s neuroma has good clinical results and high overall patient’s satisfaction in the long term.

Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.

Podiatric Surgeon Dr Kim is the leading surgeon for Foot Surgery in Brisbane and Gold Coast, contact him today to see if you are a good candidate for Neurectomy surgery

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A GP referral is welcome however it is not essential for your appointment


Dr Ji Soo Kim (Specialist Podiatric Surgeon) BPodM UWA, DClinPod UWA

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Dr Kim has two offices one located in Upper Mount Gravatt, Brisbane. The other in Southport, Gold Coast.

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