Morton's neuroma may feel as if you are standing on a pebble in your shoe or on a fold in your sock.
Sometimes corticosteroid injections or surgery may be necessary.
Typically, there's no outward sign of this condition, such as a lump. Instead, you may experience:
- a feeling as if you have a pebble in your shoe
- a persistent pain in the ball of your foot that may radiate out to your toes. Pain at night is unusual.
- a tingling or numbness in your toes.
When to see a doctor
If the symptoms persist and are not improving, see your doctor.
Your doctor will also look for calluses or evidence of stress fractures in the bones that might be the cause of the pain.
Range of motion tests will rule out arthritis or joint inflammations. X-rays may be required to eliminate a stress fracture or arthritis of the joints that join the toes to the foot.
Sports that feature tight shoes, such as snow skiing or rock climbing, can put pressure on your toes.
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