Morton’s Neuroma

Medical Intel from MedStar Washington Hospital Center

Morton’s Neuroma

Whether you’re a runner pounding the pavement or a fashionista balancing on sky-high heels, your feet are taking a beating. And when they’ve had enough, they fight back.

Increasingly, their weapon of choice is Morton’s neuroma—an otherwise harmless cyst that causes numbness, shooting or burning pain in the ball of your foot. It’s the result of repeated irritation or compression of a nerve or nearby tissue, usually between the second or third toe.

The good news is that the pain and discomfort from Morton’s neuroma can go away with proper treatment, including some simple remedies you can try at home:

  • Take over-the-counter (OTC) anti-inflammatories to reduce swelling
  • Soak the sore foot in alternating baths of comfortably hot and cold water
  • Wear full-length, OTC arch supports with a solid shell
  • Give your feet a break from high-impact activities and high heels

If the problem persists, foot specialists typically prescribe injections of cortisone or alcohol solution to reduce swelling; custom orthotics to correct foot mechanics and separate the toes; and/or physical therapy. Surgery—once the standard approach—is reserved for only the most extreme cases.

To find a MedStar physician, please call

202-759-0267

As heard on WTOP Radio:

Katherine Raspovic, DPM

Katherine Raspovic, DPM

Think you might have Morton's neuroma? Call to schedule a consult with a specialist. 202-759-0267.

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