The condition

The condition

Morton's neuroma usually affects one of the nerves between the third and fourth toes. The nerve becomes thickened and compressed, which can cause severe pain and a burning sensation, tingling and numbness in the ball of the foot and the toes.

Treatment includes rest, taking painkillers, wearing different shoes or using a special insert (orthosis) in your shoe. Sometimes steroid or local anaesthetic injections may help. If these don't work, destroying the nerve by freezing it (cryoablation) or removing the nerve may be an option.

NICE has looked at using radiofrequency ablation as another treatment option.

NHS Choices (www.nhs.uk) may be a good place to find out more.

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