Nerves pass between metatarsal bones, the long bones behind the toes. Particularly, the nerves between the second and third metatarsals, and the third and fourth metatarsals, can be compressed, resulting in pain and inflammation. This condition is known as Morton’s syndrome.
Weak foot arch can cause the metatarsal bones to pinch the nerve, most likely between the 3rd and 4th bones, causing a pain, numb sensation, or inflammation on the inside of the two toes. Additional compression may develop as a result of ill-fitting shoes, pressing the nerves. A neuroma or benign tumour on the plantar digital nerves can sometimes be responsible for the condition. Golfers or tennis players may be more susceptible to Morton’s syndrome as the condition is made worse by athletes who spin on the ball of their foot.
Symptoms and Diagnosis
• Pain on two adjacent toes, generally the third and the fourth
• Pain when squeezing the foot
• Electric shock symptoms
• Some pain relief by walking barefoot
• Compression of the metatarsal bones can trigger the pain
• Our distinctive hands-on manual therapy
• Kinesio taping
• Rest and relieve pressure on the toes
• Wear wide-fitting shoes or metatarsal pads
• Rehabilitation, stretching and strengthening
• Avoid activities that include pushing-off; swimming and cycling are good alternatives