Interdigital Neuritis

The above medical term is used to describe the inflammation and swelling of the nerve between the bones in the forefoot, caused mostly by mechanical stresses such as high-heeled footwear, excessive pronation or supination and uneven pressure distribution on the forefoot. It affects the space between the 3rd and 4th metatarsal heads but may also affect other spaces.

Chronic Digital neuritis may lead to Morton’s Neuroma, which is a benign tumor (thickening of the tissue that surrounds the digital nerve)

Patients may experience the following symptoms associated with these conditions:
– Burning, numbness and tingling in the forefoot region
– Pain mostly when wearing footwear because tight and narrow shoes cause a compression of the bones, placing more pressure on the nerve
– Feels like a stone or marble in the shoe