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Morton’s neuroma: all about the disease that struck Queen Letizia of Spain

morton's neuroma

What is Morton's neuroma? Disease that also afflicts Queen Letizia of Spain, affects the space between two toes.

Contrary to popular belief, Morton's neuroma is not a tumor but a thickening of the skin located between the third and fourth toes. The first symptom, without a shadow of a doubt, is the pain you feel while walking. Let's see what are the other disorders it involves and how the problem is treated.

Morton's neuroma: symptoms and causes

Morton's neuroma indicates a suffering of the III common digital nerve , which is located between the third and fourth toes. Generally, it is caused by chronic and compressive microtrauma at the point of passage between the heads of the III and IV metatarsal. The factors that trigger the problem can be different, such as: the conformation of the foot, hallux valgus and flat foot or pes cavus.

Morton's neuritis involves thickening of the affected area and a stabbing pain , similar to an electric shock, which is felt especially when you put your foot on the ground. This discomfort radiates to the toes, so much so that the patient feels temporary relief when he takes off his shoes. It should be noted that the pangs are not constant, but can occur every other day or hour. In some cases, tingling may also appear, both at rest and at night.

Morton's neuroma: cure and natural remedies

Morton's neuroma, a disease that has also affected Queen Letizia of Spain, is treated with remedies, some of which are natural. In fact, the doctor may recommend wearing special footwear , obviously equipped with insoles that improve the support of the foot and relieve the compression on the nerve. In addition, it may suggest cortisone infiltrations . Generally, these two solutions do not lead to complete healing, which is why Morton's neuroma does not have completely natural cures. When the size of the thickening exceeds 4/5 millimeters, surgery is required.

This is a minimally invasive operation, through which the doctor makes a small incision of about 2 centimeters on the back of the foot to remove the neuroma. It should be emphasized that the operation does not cause walking problems, but involves a small numbness in the internal part of the affected fingers. After surgery, Morton's neuroma does not require specific therapy , so much so that neither crutches nor physiotherapy are needed.

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