Morton’s neuroma is a condition that is defined by a benign, otherwise referred to as non-cancerous growth of unneeded nerve tissue that develops in the foot.
The growth usually develops between the third and fourth toes although it has been observed almost everywhere on the foot. It is a very common and very painful condition that affects many people across the world.
When a person finds a new growth of any kind on any part of their body, it can be a harrowing experience as people usually jump to the conclusion that they have cancer. In the majority of cases, cancer isn’t actually the cause of the growth, but there are so many potential reasons as to why someone would develop a growth that it can be very difficult to assess the cause of the growth or to obtain an accurate diagnosis.
Here are 8 fast-food facts about the condition known as Morton’s Neuroma,
1. Also known as
The condition has a couple of other names that are less commonly used and it is also known as Morton’s metatarsalgia, Morton’s disease, Morton’s neuralgia, Morton metatarsalgia, Morton nerve entrapment, plantar neuroma, and intermetatarsal neuroma.
That’s quite a lengthy list of different names for the same condition, but it can be handy to know all of the different terms used in the medical world so that the condition doesn’t pass you by in a cloud of medical speak and clinical jargon. Sometimes the terms and words that are used between doctors and medical professionals mean little to the untrained ear.
Sometimes this is used by doctors in order to protect the sensitivity of certain diagnoses, but in the case of this condition, it’s always best to call a spade a spade. The fact that the condition has several names doesn’t mean that each name represents a different manifestation, they are all referring to the same thing.