What Does Morton’s Neuroma Feel Like?
Posted on Sep 28, 2020

Your feet can be sensitive or painful after long periods of standing or after waking up in the morning. What these sensations feel like can help you determine the cause of your foot pain so that you can find the best and fastest methods of relief.

Numbness, pain, or the feeling of a stone bruise at the toes or balls of the feet may be indicative of Morton’s neuroma. But how can you be sure?

Here’s what Morton’s neuroma feels like.


One of the most common feelings that those with Morton’s neuroma experience is numbness.

After walking for long periods or wearing tight shoes, you may feel a tingling or numb sensation in your toes or at the ball of your foot.

In some circumstances, this pain can be more severe and feel like heat, manifesting as a burning or lightning-like sensation in the same area. Some people simply describe this feeling as similar to walking on a balloon. Others state that it feels like a sock is balled up in the shoe or that they have a rock in the shoe.

In most occurrences, Morton’s neuroma affects the toes and balls of the feet. However, if the pain is more intense or long-lasting, these sensations can radiate out to other areas of the foot.

Because of its ability to spread and because of the nature of its sensations, Morton’s neuroma can be easily confused for other similar foot issues and may require a professional evaluation.


Morton’s neuroma is also referred to as intermetatarsal neuroma. This condition occurs when tissue in your feet is damaged and thickens as a response.

This growth of the tissue can press on nerves in the feet and cause pain and irritation.

Sometimes, the nerve itself is dysfunctional and normal daily pressure within the foot can cause aberrant symptoms.  

Wearing high heels or other ill-fitting shoes, other structural conditions or deformities such as hammer toes or flatfeet, or stress from physical activity can cause Morton’s neuroma or just aggravate its symptoms.

Stretching, icing, and wearing supportive shoes can help to lessen this condition’s painful symptoms. Offloading the ball of the foot with specialized pads or areas of build-up on an orthotic is especially helpful.


For many with Morton’s neuroma, they experience pain, numbness, tingling, burning sensations. This wide array of sensations are very much akin to other painful foot conditions, including plantar fasciitis and tarsal tunnel syndrome.

Morton’s neuroma is most commonly and notably experienced in the toes and balls of the feet.

This pain often comes and goes, depending on your physical activity or even after periods of rest.

Some sufferers feel a hard, full feeling like a bulge or rock in between the toes.

The most common location for a Morton’s neuroma is between the 4th and 5th toe and is rarely found between the 1st and 2nd toe.

If you are not sure of your condition, it is always best to seek a second opinion. The best way to be certain of your condition is through a professional evaluation.

Contact your personal physician to help you determine the cause of your pain and help you establish the right methods of treatment.


Relief doesn’t have to come in the form of shots or surgery. It can be as simple as a pair of flip flops.

The Healing Sole is expertly designed by an orthopedic surgeon to help you find relief at any time of day by easily slipping into a pair of shoes.

These flip flops are designed with key features that stretch tension out of the feet, engage and strengthen the muscles of the feet, and help to relieve pain as you walk or stand.

The design is also particularly effective for offloading pressure and excess mechanical load at the normal location of a Morton’s neuroma.

For those with Morton’s neuroma, our Palmer flip flop will become your new favorite footwear. Unlike our original flip flop with the elevated toe ramp, the Palmer is designed for those with more toe issues.

Wearers with hammertoes, bunions, Morton’s neuroma, synovitis, and plantar plate tears or other conditions that can cause pain in the toes or balls of the feet will find more comfort and relief with this style.

If you are ready to try The Healing Sole for yourself, order today with our 30-day satisfaction guarantee to get back to walking, running, and living without pain!