What causes Morton’s neuroma?

Christopher Chiodo, MD
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Along the bottom of the foot, the nerves of the toes pass between the metatarsal bones. As a result of tight-fitting shoes or activities such as jogging or dancing, these nerves can be compressed by the bones or the ligaments that connect the bones and become irritated. The area between the third and fourth toes is the most common site for this condition, named Morton's neuroma after the doctor who first described it.

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