The symptoms felt by patients suffering from a neuroma can vary. The character of the pain can be sharp and shooting, or burning, or toothache-like. Alternatively, the patient might feel numbness or a sense of walking on a rolled-up sock. The symptoms can be located under the ball of the foot, or in the two adjacent toes, or both. The symptoms are always on the bottom of the ball and toes, however. Patients will notice that the pain is worse with increased activities that involve bearing weight and bending at the ball of the foot (like walking – especially downhill, or running, or squatting). The pain is usually worse with shoes on and improves with removing the shoes and resting.
“ I have experienced symptoms of a Mortons for several years, and i think it started after wearing a particular pair of football boots through most of a season. Fortunately i recognised the symptoms early on and made an effort to avoid any shoe that was likely to trigger it off. I get twinges maybe every few months or so but it doesn’t stop me from doing anything. I am certainly not a candidate for surgery and haven’t felt the need to ask any of my colleagues to inject it with a steroid yet, but i do remember last year when skiing i was stood in a queue wearing ski boots for over half an hour, it got worse the longer i stood until i was grimacing quite visibly. .if i had some steroid and local anaesthetic with me at the time i would have injected it myself ! ”