It’s a condition that’s becoming increasingly common in middle aged women and also with runners. However, it can affect anyone from any walk of life. Morton’s neuroma is a painful ailment of the foot which is often linked to wearing high-heeled or tight-fitting shoes or with sports that put pressure on the feet. The pain is often so debilitating that patients are unable to walk more than a few steps and it affects every aspect of daily life.
The number of people affected by this condition has more than doubled in the last ten years and women are eight to ten times more likely than men to suffer it – the largest group of those affected being women aged between 40 and 69 1. It can be treated effectively however in some cases, the exact cause is not known.
Famous sufferers include Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler, retired tennis star Lindsay Davenport and tennis ace Milos Raonic.
Sometimes described as feeling akin to walking on a sharp pebble in your shoe and having persistent pain in the ball of your foot, Morton’s Neuroma is an injury to the nerve between the toes, which leads to thickening of the nerve and can cause excruciating pain.