Morton's Neuroma: Symptoms & Signs

Medically Reviewed on 3/19/2020

The term Morton's neuroma refers to a swollen and inflamed nerve in the foot that causes pain. A neuroma is technically a tumor of a nerve.

Signs and symptoms associated with Morton's neuroma include a burning, sharp pain in the ball of the foot that can spread to the toes. Other symptoms can include

  • tingling,
  • numbness,
  • feeling that there is something in the sock or shoe,
  • feeling that something is inside the ball of the foot, or
  • feeling like you are walking on a marble.

Cause of Morton's neuroma

Compression of the sensory nerve between the ends of the longer bones of the foot at the base of the toes causes the swelling. This is most often due to improperly fitting footwear

Other morton's neuroma symptoms and signs

  • Burning, Sharp Pain in the Ball of the Foot
  • Feeling Like You Are Walking on a Marble
  • Feeling That Something Is Inside the Ball of the Foot
  • Feeling That There Is Something in the Sock or Shoe
  • Numbness
  • Tingling


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Jameson, J. Larry, et al. Harrison's Principles of Internal Medicine, 20th Ed. New York: McGraw-Hill Education, 2018.