The pain of fibromyalgia is often widespread, affecting a number of different muscles and joints in the body. Much of this fibromyalgia syndrome pain emanates from tender points around your body, making daily activities difficult. Some fibromyalgia sufferers also have to deal with the pain of conditions associated with the illness. Morton’s Neuroma is becoming more common among fibromyalgia patients. This condition causes severe foot pain, making exercise and activity difficult for sufferers. Though the cause of Morton’s Neuroma in fibromyalgia is unknown, there are a number of treatments available to help ease your pain.
What is Morton’s Neuroma?
Morton’s Neuroma is a pain condition that affects your feet and toes. If you are suffering from Morton’s Neuroma, a growth of tissue has developed over one of the nerves running from your feet into your toes. This growth can cause inflammation and pain whenever you use your foot.
A type of benign tumor, Morton’s Neuroma typically develops in the space between the third and fourth toes, although it can also form between the second and third toes. When you walk, the bones and ligaments in the top of your foot press down on this growth, causing pressure and pain.
What Causes Morton’s Neuroma?
Unfortunately, the cause of Morton’s Neuroma remains unknown to researchers. It is likely that a variety of factors may play a role in the development of this condition, including the presence of chronic pain conditions like fibromyalgia. Factors that may contribute to the development of Morton’s Neuroma include:
- Poorly Fitted Shoes: Wearing improperly fitting shoes can cause pressure on your foot, leading to swelling around the toe nerves. High heels are of particular concern as they cause a large amount of weight to be shifted to the ball of the foot.
- Repetitive Activities: High impact, repetitive activities like jogging, walking, and aerobics can also place a lot of pressure on the feet. This could lead to Morton’s Neuroma.
- Injury: Having a previous foot or muscle injury may cause you to hold your foot in a poor position when walking, contributing to nerve inflammation.
- Genetics: Some people are just born with poorly shaped feet. People with extremely low arches or \"flat feet\" may suffer from Morton’s Neuroma more than others.