St Albans Osteopathy Blog

Morton’s Neuroma

Morton’s Neuroma, also sometimes referred to as plantar Neuroma or intermetatarsal Neuroma, may occur as a result of irritation, injury, pressure - such as from wearing tight fitting shoes, or repetitive stress, most commonly, between the third and fourth toes.


  • Burning pain - occasionally numbness - in the ball of the foot.
  • Radiating pain from the ball of the foot to the toes.
  • Intensifying pain during activity and when wearing shoes.
  • Occasional numbness, discomfort, tingling or “electrical shock sensation” in the
  • toes.
  • Pain between the third and fourth toes, often occurring from the outer side of one
  • toe to the inner side of the adjoining toe.
  • Pain upon leaving the starting blocks in running sports.


  • As you begin the recovery process, exercises can help to ease some of the foot pain and discomfort. These exercises will strengthen the supporting muscles in the foot and ankle and increase the space between the metatarsal bones.
  • While supporting yourself, use a bottom step to exercise your foot. Place your forefeet on the step and let your heels hang free. Raise your toes and then drop your heels below the step creating a deep stretch.
  • Stand about two to three feet from the counter or wall. Then lean forward using your hands to brace yourself. Slowly bend your right knee and lift you heal from the ground. Repeat this movement on the left side and continue to repeat this motion, feeling an ease in the forefoot tightness.
  • Using a sturdy chair with a straight back, seat tall. Extend one leg and lift it until the leg is not touching the seat. Flex your foot and move it in a circular motion. Repeat this exercise on the other foot.
June 12th 2019

Philip Bayliss, St Albans Osteopathy, 43 Thames Street, Christchurch 8013 ☎️ 03 356 1353