Metatarsalgia, anterior (Morton’s disease), unilateral, or bilateral

Morton's neuroma is an agonizing condition that influences the bundle of your foot, most usually the territory between your third and fourth toes. Morton's neuroma may feel as though you are remaining on a rock in your shoe or on an overlap in your sock.

Morton's neuroma includes a thickening of the tissue around one of the nerves prompting your toes. This can cause a sharp, consuming agony in the wad of your foot. Your toes likewise may sting, consume or feel numb.

High-obeyed shoes have been connected to the improvement of Morton's neuroma. Numerous individuals experience helps by changing to bring down obeyed shoes with more extensive toe boxes. Once in a while corticosteroid injections or surgery might be fundamental.


Regularly, there's no outward indication of this condition, for example, a bump. All things considered; you may encounter the accompanying side effects:

  • Shivering or numbness in your toes
  • An inclination as though you're remaining on a rock in your shoe
  • A consuming agony in the bundle of your foot that may emanate into your toes


Morton's neuroma appears to happen in light of bothering, pressing factor or injury to one of the nerves that lead to your toes.

Dangerous Factors

Variables that seem to add to Morton's neuroma include:

  • High heels.

Wearing high-obeyed shoes or shoes that are tight or sick fitting can put additional tension on your toes and the chunk of your foot.

  • Certain games.

Taking an interest in high-sway athletic exercises, for example, running or running may expose your feet to dull injury. Sports that include tight shoes, for example, snow skiing or rock climbing, can squeeze your toes.

  • Foot distortions.

 Individuals who have bunions, hammertoes, high curves or flatfeet are at higher danger of building up Morton's neuroma

Metatarsalgia, anterior (Morton’s disease), unilateral, or bilateral

Metatarsalgia is a condition in which the ball of your foot becomes painful and inflamed. You might develop it if you participate in activities that involve running and jumping. There are other causes as well, including foot deformities and shoes that are too tight or too loose.

Although generally not serious, metatarsalgia can sideline you. Fortunately, at-home treatments, such as ice and rest, often relieve symptoms. Wearing proper footwear with shock-absorbing insoles or arch supports might prevent or minimize future problems with metatarsalgia.


Common causes include:

  • Overtraining
  • Interdigital (Morton) neuroma
  • Freiberg infraction
  • Stress fractures involving the foot
  • Intermetatarsal bursitis
  • Adventitial bursitis
  • Inflammatory and degenerative arthritis
  • Metatarsophalangeal joint synovitis/capsulitis
  • Tendinosis/tenosynovitis
  • Plantar plate disruption / plantar plate tears
  • Schwannoma
  • Pes cavus or high arched foot
  • Excessive pronation of the foot
  • Clawing or hammer toes
  • Tight extensor tendons of the toes
  • Prominent metatarsal heads

Morton’s foot, there is a shortened first metatarsal, which results in an abnormal subtalar joint, and increased weight going through the second metatarsophalangeal joint.

There can be multiple causative factors. Often localized to the first metatarsal head.Next most frequent site of metatarsal head pain is under the second metatarsal.

Factors that can cause excessive pressure are:

  • Participating in high impact activities without proper footwear and/or orthotics
  • Older age as the pad in the foot tends to thin out making it much more susceptible pressure and pain
  • An imbalance in the length of the metatarsals
  • Majority seem to be related to foot and ankle deformity
  • Disturbances in gait
  • Morphology of the foot (e.g. increased bone length that protrudes into the bottom of the foot)
  • A shortened Achilles tendon



Symptoms range from mild to severe and typically consist of:

  • Forefoot pain is worse during weight-bearing, particularly during the middle phase and push-off phase of walking.
  • Metatarsal pain usually comes on gradually
  • Pressing in on the MTP joints under the ball of the foot will be painful and tender.
  • It is usually the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th toes affected and are frequently in more than one joint at the same time.
  • In the early stages, you may see a visible separation between the two toes. This is known as the V sign.
  • Passive flexion or bending of the toe can reproduce pain.
  • There may also be hard skin or calluses under the foot due to excess pressure.


X-rays may help your doctor rule out other causes of forefoot pain. A bone scan can pinpoint places of inflammation.

Ultrasound can help identify conditions such as bursitis or Morton’s neuroma that cause pain in the metatarsal area.

The doctor may also ask for an MRI to look for causes of pain in your metatarsal and midfoot regions. These can include traumatic disorders, circulatory conditions, arthritis, neuro arthropathies, and conditions that cause biomechanical imbalance.

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