Morton’s Neuroma

The Capital Orthopaedics team, founded by leading orthopaedic surgeon Simon Moyes, offers unparalleled diagnostics and treatment for Morton’s Neuroma and all other musculoskeletal foot conditions.

Morton’s Neuroma is a painful condition affecting the ball of your foot, making it difficult to exercise and even walk or stand comfortably. If you feel burning pain, or a sensation that you are standing on a small stone, then you should consult a foot specialist.

To find out more about how we diagnose and treat Morton’s Neuroma, or to book an appointment at one of our three central London clinics, contact Capital Orthopaedics.

What is Morton’s Neuroma?

The nerves that run along the base of your foot can become swollen and inflamed, leading to pain under the ball of your foot, near the middle toes.

What are the Symptoms of Morton’s Neuroma?

Symptoms include:

  • Sharp or burning pain in the forefoot, often between third and fourth toes
  • Feeling as though you are standing on a small pebble in your shoe
  • Stinging, burning or numbness in your toes

What Causes a Morton’s Neuroma?

Wearing high heeled shoes is a common factor leading to the development of Morton’s Neuroma.

Some high-impact sports such as running on hard ground or those that involve tight shoes such as rock climbing can also put pressure on the nerve.

People with foot deformities, such as bunions, hammertoes, high arches or flat feet are at higher risk of developing Morton’s Neuroma.

How Capital Orthopaedics Can Help Treat Morton’s Neuroma?

In many cases, Morton’s Neuroma can be effectively treated by changing to shoes with a wider toe box, or reducing the amount of time wearing high heels.


You may be offered special shoe inserts to take the pressure off the nerve.


Ultrasound-guided steroid injections can help to reduce the inflammation in the affected area.

Decompression Surgery

Minimally invasive surgery involves cutting away nearby structures that are pinching the nerve.

Nerve Removal

if more conservative methods have not worked, our surgeons may operate to remove the growth on the nerve. While this is usually effective at eliminating the symptoms, it can result in permanent numbness in the toes.

If you have pain under the ball of your foot or have any other foot pain, contact Capital Orthopaedics here for a thorough diagnosis and highly effective treatment aimed at getting you back on your feet in the quickest time possible.

Other conditions we treat:

Bunions – bony lumps that form at the base of your big toe result in pain and difficulty walking. Wearing tight shoes or high heels can increase your chance of developing bunions. They can be treated with orthotics, physiotherapy, injections or surgery.

Lesser Toe Deformity – any changes to the anatomy of your toes can result in pain, difficulty walking and potentially lead to arthritis. Lesser toe deformity can be treated with physiotherapy, orthotics, or surgery to realign the joints.

Metatarsal Fractures – the bones of your foot can be broken due to a single impact or overuse (stress fractures). Treatment options include wearing a rigid shoe while the bone heals. Displaced bones may require surgery.

Sesamoiditis – inflammation of tendons in the foot can be treated with special shoe inserts and steroid injections. For ongoing or debilitating symptoms, surgery may be necessary to remove the sesamoid bones.

Hallux Rigidus – arthritis in the joint at the base of the toe can lead to pain and stiffness in your big toe. It can be treated with steroid injections, orthotics and ultrasound therapy. For severe or debilitating cases, we offer surgery to help restore mobility.

Plantar Fasciitis – stress on the ligament that runs underneath your foot can lead to inflammation and pain around the heel. Capital Orthopaedics offers physiotherapy and orthotics to reduce stress on the fascia, steroid injections and shockwave therapy for the inflammation and surgery for ongoing problems.

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The Capital Orthopaedics team is made up of highly experienced medical professionals – from Mr Simon Moyes, the renowned orthopaedic consultant surgeon, to physicians, nurses, anaesthetists and physiotherapists.
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