Causes of Morton's Neuroma

What causes Morton's Neuroma?

Morton's neuroma occurs when one of the nerves between the toe bones becomes irritated, which causes it to become thicker. The exact cause of the irritation is unknown, but it may be caused by the nerve being squashed (compressed), stretched or damaged.

The condition has been linked to:

  • Wearing tight, pointy or high-heeled shoes
  • Beingactive and playing sportparticularly running or sports that involve running and placing pressure on the feet, such as racquet sports
  • Other foot problems, such as flat feet , high arches, bunions and hammer toes

It's not clear if these directly cause the condition or just make the symptoms worse.

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Medically Reviewed by a doctor on 28 Nov 2016