Nerves are sensitive. This only makes sense—they are what allows your body to feel everything. The nervous tissue itself, however, is extremely susceptible to changes and conditions that may compress it. Damage to nerves in the forefoot can lead to painful problems like Morton’s neuroma.
Pinched and Painful
Morton’s neuroma is a painful injury that develops in your forefoot. It’s the result of abnormal pressure or trauma to a nerve in between the heads of your metatarsal bones found in the ball of the foot. It most commonly affects the nerve between the second and third metatarsals.
Unlike other neuromas, which are nerve tumors that grow in response to abnormal stress, this condition is actually a thickening or swelling of the nervous tissue. This impairs the nerve and causes it to misfire painfully. You may develop tingling, burning, and numbness in the ball of your foot that might radiate into your toes. Some people complain of feeling like they’re standing on a pebble or a wrinkle in their socks. The discomfort tends to worsen over time.