Morton’s Neuroma vs. Metatarsalgia: Do you know the difference?

What's the confusion?

Pain in the ball of the foot usually points to Morton’s Neuroma or Metatarsalgia. The symptoms of both foot conditions are similar, making it difficult to tell which condition you’re dealing with!

Causes of metatarsalgia

Metatarsalgia can have numerous causes:  abnormal arches, improper footwear, degenerative diseases and more.

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Symptoms of metatarsalgia

– Pain and/or numbnss in the the ball of the foot. – Pain that increases during physical activity – Pain that increases when you place weight on the foot

Causes of Morton's Neuroma

Morton’s Neuroma is typically caused by an injury to the nerves in the foot, or strain and injury to the toes. Poor footwear often contributes to this condition.

Symptoms of Morton's Neuroma

– Tingling, numbness, and pain in the ball of foot – A sore area between the 3rd and 4th toes – A slight or pronounced mass of tissue between the 3rd and 4th toes

Morton’s Neuroma Vs. Metatarsalgia

While the differences between Morton’s Neuroma and Metatarsalgia can be subtle, you and your doctor can distinguish between them.

Difference 1

The pain from Morton’s Neuroma is located between the 3rd and 4th toes, on the ball of the foot. The pain from Metatarsalgia is felt across the entire ball of the foot.

Difference 2

Morton’s Neuroma often presents as numbness before developing into pain, while Metatarsalgia more often begins as a dull pain that develops into sharper pain

Difference 3

In Morton’s Neuroma, you may be able to feel a pronounced mass between the third and fourth toes

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