The office of James C. Ricketti, DPM in Hamilton Square, New Jersey, has treated all types of ankle and foot ailments. James C. Ricketti, DPM and Stephen J. Skokan, DPM have practiced podiatry for many years, and their vast experiences have allowed them to treat heel spurs, bunions, deformities, diabetic feet and many other foot and ankle problems. Morton’s Neuroma is one of the many disorders they have treated.

What is Morton’s Neuroma?

Morton’s Neuroma (a neuroma is a growth that occurs in the nerve cell) is a painful condition that affects the ball of the foot. It usually occurs between the third and fourth toes, which is the area right in the middle of the foot. The pain and discomfort is similar to that of one feeling something stuck in a shoe. It also feels as if a sock is bunched up and will not flatten out. The nerve in the foot becomes thick and causes inflammation and swelling of the nerve tissue near the toes.


  • Pain
  • Burning
  • Sharp ache at the ball of the foot
  • Stinging
  • Numbness
  • Burning of the toes

Cause of Morton’s Neuroma

Podiatrists have linked high heels to the cause of Morton’s Neuroma and as such, people who wear high heels and suffer from this disorder are advised to switch to shoes with a lower heel. Once the shoes are swapped out, most people report feeling immediate relief. A shoe that fits properly can prevent and treat Morton’s Neuroma.


Those who are suffering from Morton’s Neuroma can take steps to help ease their pain and alleviate the problem. One of the most important steps to take is to go out and buy a pair of shoes that fit properly. Orthotics and other medically prescribed inserts can help as well aid the patient in finding pain relief inside their shoes. If the nerves are not too damaged, it is likely that a patient can experience a normal lifestyle again. If the nerve damage is severe, it is sometimes irreversible.

Are you wearing high heels with a narrow toe? Are your feet aching when you walk? It is time to call Dr. Ricketti and Dr. Skokan at 609-587-1674 or make an appointment online today. Your foot health is important to use. Let us help you live a healthy, painless lifestyle. 

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