What The Heck is Morton’s Neuroma?

Thank you for all the advice on yesterday’s biking post. I plan on re-reading all the comments and seeing what steps I need to take to make myself more comfortable and relaxed.

I had never heard of Morton’s Neuroma until my foot appointment on Tuesday. But that seems to be my diagnosis. Check out the X-Ray of my foot:

XRay of Foot

According to the Mayo Clinic:

Morton’s neuroma is a painful condition that affects the ball of your foot, most commonly the area between your third and fourth toes. Morton’s neuroma may feel as if you are standing on a pebble in your shoe or on a fold in your sock.

Morton’s neuroma involves a thickening of the tissue around one of the nerves leading to your toes. This can cause a sharp, burning pain in the ball of your foot. Your toes also may sting, burn or feel numb.

Apparently I have a slightly more serious condition because I have this feeling between three sets of the toes on my left foot instead of just one set.

The definition above definitely describes what I am feeling. So, what now?

  • Speciality topical treatment is being made that I will use directly on my toes. I pick it up tomorrow.
  • 4-6 weeks with no barefoot classes (HUGE sadface at this one)
  • Wear pads in my shoes like THIS
  • Wear sneakers with proper inserts/pads as much as possible.
  • Go barefoot as little as possible (even when home)

It is very depressing to me to think of what I CAN’T do for 4-6 weeks. Seriously depressed to think no Core Barre or Yoga for that time. So, I am trying to turn it around to what I CAN do. I can . . .

  • Take any exercise class where they wear shoes. So this is a great chance to try new things.
  • Ride my bike hence why I want to figure out how to get comfortable on it.
  • Take pool classes.
  • Shop for new shoes. Apparently New Balance makes some that are perfect for this condition.

These are my first ever New Balance shoes. They have a special insert in them. You will notice – NO PINK. My other THREE pairs of sneakers are all mainly pink so I decided I needed something to go with the rest of my wardrobe.

New Balance Shoes
New Balance Shoes

The thing that is really odd and I am not sure quite what to do is at home. The doctors tend to think I should wear shoes all the time. I am definitely your barefoot kind of person. The first thing I do when I get home is take off my shoes and socks. That is going to be weird. It looks like I might be able to stick one of the pads in my house shoe. Then I wouldn’t be barefoot, but I wouldn’t be wearing shoes around the house either. So I will see if that works.

I am anxious to try to topical treatment that is being made to see how it works. I “feel” everything on that foot and am always aware I have toes and therefore, toes that hurt.

I have definitely slacked at workouts this week. But I knew had I a crazy busy week plus I need to get my shoe situation settled before doing anything so I am giving myself this week. Next week, back to the gym, back to workouts. Just not Core Barre and Yoga.

Thoughts? Comments? Suggestions? Have you ever had this?

Have a healthy day!


14 Responses to “What The Heck is Morton’s Neuroma?”

  1. I have never heard of this. Nice spin on making it positive and focusing on all the things you can do- I know that is hard! I like taking my shoes off when I get home too. Can you wear some of those shape up sneakers? Maybe if you put those on when you get home and concentrate on the good things they are doing for your bum then barefoot days may be a fond memory? Good luck with the healing!

    • Glenneth

      thanks! i have found a “sleeve” for the foot that you wear when you want to go barefoot. should be here next week. hoping that solves the inside issue!

  2. Hi!

    I know what you’re going through. Last fall, I was diagnosed with metatarsalgia and morton’s neuroma. Then it was determined that I had a stress fracture, and finally synovitis. I was laid up until this past March (from September 2012) when I had a cortisone injection. It’s still strange because where the pain started, isn’t where the pain ended. They still think there could have been a neuroma and stress fracture, but it may have healed.

    Morton’s Neuroma is pretty common, which I found out, but it doesn’t make it any easier. Let me know if you need any advice! I know what you’re going through. It does get easier, and there is a light at the end of the tunnel. Just rest it. Don’t push it either. It will be better before you know it!


    • Glenneth

      would love to know what kind of shoes / inserts / pads you used!

  3. I have had numbness issues that my doctor thought might be Mortons Neuroma- but were never able to say definitively. Good luck on the recovery!

  4. Kristen

    Hey, Glenneth!

    Spenco and Orthaheel make cute sandals that are almost arch-support insoles with straps. This is my third summer wearing a pair of Spenco thong sandals around the house.

    I know this doesn’t really address your condition, but I wondered if a slide style might satisfy your doctor while giving you that barefoot feeling?

    • Glenneth

      i actually found a foot “sleeve” that is supposed to support the foot while being mostly barefoot. thanks to amazon i have it on order. but since i can also put the little pad things in any sandals, off to check out your recommendations.

  5. Wow, sorry that you are having to deal with that. I love to walk around barefoot. I really hate wearing shoes or socks..lol!!! I think it is great, however, that you are looking at the positive. It will be great to see what new exercise classes you check out in the meantime: ) I love New Balance πŸ™‚

    • Glenneth

      thanks! wearing my new balance around the house today to break them in and make sure i want to keep them. hard to tell how much i like them since it feels so weird wearing shoes and socks in side. definitely a barefoot kind of girl!