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Morton’s Neuroma - Runner's Pain

Everything You Need To Know

Morton’s neuroma, also known as Morton’s metatarsalgia or interdigital neuroma, is a painful condition which usually affects the third interdigital nerve between the third and fourth toes (third web space). It can also affect the second common nerve in the second web space, although less often.

The exact cause of this condition is still not known. However, current theory believes that repetitive mechanical and ischemic trauma and entrapment cause thickening of the nerve ... See Full Here



What are the causes of Morton’s neuroma?

The exact cause of this condition is still not known. More recent theories suggest that it is a result of repetitive pressure, irritation, entrapment and injury.

Although the exact cause is still not known, there are several factors that undoubtedly contribute to development of Morton’s neuroma such as:


Treatment

Common varieties of Morton’s neuroma test

There are various tests that can help diagnose Morton’s neuroma. Couple of studies assessed the diagnostic accuracy of these tests. Evidence showed that some of the tests are more accurate and sensitive than others. Based on these studies, I present to you the most common and accurate tests for diagnosing Morton’s neuroma.

1. Lateral squeeze test or Mulder’s click test

This test is one of the most commonly used test for diagnosing Morton’s neuroma ... See Full Here


Morton’s neuroma surgery treatment

Surgical treatment of Morton’s neuroma is recommended when none of conservative treatments were successful.

There are two things that surgeon considers before surgery – approach and surgical procedure.

Surgical approach

Surgical approach refers to the side of the foot where the incision is going to be made to reach the neuroma. There are 2 surgical approaches – dorsal and plantar. Dorsal approach means that the incision is made on the top of the foot. The stitches are not on the weight-bearing side of the foot and therefore the patient is able to walk soon after the procedure ... See Full Here


Acupuncture for treating Morton’s neuroma

As I’ve previously mentioned, pain is the main symptom of Morton’s neuroma. This pain can be so unpleasant that it limits your everyday activities. Since one of the main advantages of acupuncture is pain relief, acupuncture can be used for treating Morton’s neuroma.

However, it is also believed the there are other ways how acupuncture manages this medical condition such as:

  • Reducing the inflammation

Even though inflammation is a natural response to injury, it can also and delays and alters the healing process, especially if persists for longer period of time. ... See Full Here


Morton’s Neuroma Running 

In order to manage the Morton’s neuroma pain and prevent further thickening of the nerve, you should know more about the causes of Morton’s neuroma.

Unfortunately, the exact cause of Morton’s neuroma is still not known. Recent theories suggest that it is an overuse injury caused by the repetitive stress and irritation of the nerve. Over time, the stress and irritation cause thickening of the tissues that surround the nerve ... See Full Here


The first thing you should do as soon as you feel the pain is to stop running. It is important to start your healing process as soon as possible. You don’t want to aggravate this condition more than it already is. You should start your treatment with simple conservative methods like rest, massage, ice and anti-inflammatory medications.

However, these methods will only relief symptoms for a short period of time. If you don’t correct other contributing factors, you’ll feel the pain as soon as you start running again. Therefore, it is important to identify your causative factors and eliminate them. With every contributing factor corrected, Morton’s neuroma running will be easier and less painful ... See Full Here


Best Shoes For Morton’s Neuroma

Best Shoes For Morton’s Neuroma: The Ultimate Buying Guide

Let's take a look at the critical factors you should consider in your search for the best shoes for Morton's neuroma:

Do Your Toes Have Enough Space?

As I mentioned so many times previously, both in this article, as well as the one regarding best running shoes for Morton’s neuroma, you should avoid pointy shoes and high heels at all costs. So, besides a low (to zero) heel drop, one more thing you should look out for is the size of the toe box.

While you can’t expect these „regular“ shoes to have the same shape as some of the running shoes I reviewed in the previous article – one that follows the natural shape of the foot – that doesn’t mean they won’t be able to provide plenty of space for your toes ... ​See Full Here

Best Running Shoes For Morton’s Neuroma Requirements: Things To Look For

Comfort Above All Else: Toe Box

The first thing you need to think about when you're in the process of choosing the best running shoes for Morton's neuroma is the comfort level.

You should pay attention to the width of the toe box, of course. Remember what I talked about previously, when we were discussing Morton's neuroma? The ball of your foot, as well as your toes, are the ones that suffer, so your primary goal should be to reduce the pressure and impact on your forefoot as much as you can by choosing running shoes with a roomy toe box ... See Full Here