Do you have burning, tingling or numbness in-between your 2nd and 3rd toes or between your 3rd and 4th toes? Does the pain shoot into your toes? Does it feel like a bunched up sock in your shoes or like you're stepping on a pebble? Does it feel better when you take your shoes off?
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms you may have a neuroma, also known as Morton's Neuroma, between your toes. A neuroma is thickening and inflammation at the nerve leading up to your toes, just before it branches into its digital branches. It happens most commonly between the 3rd and 4th toes but I have seen it just as common between the 2nd and 3rd toes as well. This inflammation and thickening can be a result of overuse and your foot biomechanics predisposing you to it. There are many nonsurgical treatment options including oral and/or injectable anti-inflammatory medications as well as the use of proper shoe gear with adequate arch supports and even stretching exercises to take some load off your forefoot. If all conservative measures are exhausted and you're still having pain and limitation of function, surgical excision may be discussed.