Neuroma. Pinched nerve
A runner or person wearing tight fitting shoes may develop thickening of the tissue between the metatarsals. If the thickened tissue surrounds a nerve then this is called a neuroma which causes pain, particularly when walking or running. If two metatarsal bones rub together the nerve that runs between them may swell causing a Mortons’s neuroma. Morton’s neuroma often develops in the contact phase of gait due to higher biomechanical stress at this point. Improving your foot biomechanics with orthotics can help. Left untreated, the pain can become severe. An Ultrasound or MRI may be ordered to help diagnose the condition. Your podiatrist can recommend the best footwear and design orthotics to alleviate the symptoms.
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