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If you sometimes feel that you are "walking on a marble," and you have persistent pain in the ball of your foot, you may have a condition called Morton's neuroma. A neuroma is a benign tumor of a nerve. Morton's neuroma is not actually a tumor, but a thickening of the tissue that surrounds the digital nerve leading to the toes. It occurs as the nerve passes under the ligament connecting the toe bones (metatarsals) in the forefoot. Morton's neuroma most frequently develops between the third and fourth toes, usually in response to irritation, trauma or excessive pressure. The incidence of Morton's neuroma is 8 to 10 times greater in women than in men.

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Metatarsal padding is a must (which is already in the shoes below), along with an SL-2 Last, which permits the forefoot to splay or spread. Any New Balance Contoured insole with metatarsal padding will provide relief especially the Pressure Relief Insole.

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Individuals that suffer with Morton's neuroma often complain of chronic toe cramping; pains in the ball of the foot or toes (sharp, burning or shooting) and the condition is commonly aggravated with pressure to the area, such as when wearing a shoe. Unfortunately, this condition does not have a distinct cause, however most experts agree that contributing factors include flat feet or abnormally high arches and shoes fitted too tightly or high heels, highlighting the importance of properly fitted shoes.

Physicians routinely recommend nonsurgical therapies for patients with Morton's neuroma. Since the indications for this condition are mechanically related, the first steps of finding relief may include changes to footwear (such as those offered by New Balance with a wider toe). With proper taping and additional padding of the area or shoe inserts to compensate for the imbalance a person may find comfort. Also, New Balance Shoes have shoes that are specially designed for people with foot problems such as Morton's Neuroma. Treatment may also indicate the use of anti-inflammatories, these can be oral (taken by mouth) or injected directly into the toe area. Pain Killers may also be prescribed or nerve block agents injected into the toe at the site of the problem. Physical therapy may be recommended to stretch and mobilize the afflicted ligaments and tendons of the painful foot in an effort to lessen the symptoms.

Surgical intervention is occasionally necessary in extreme situations to remove the tissue thickened by Morton's neuroma. This solution is a last resort for the patient, the numbness experienced after the surgery is irreversible, however there should be no pain either.