Morton's Neuroma Remedies

| Modified on Mar 22, 2024

Treating Morton’s neuroma requires a holistic approach that combines foot support, massage and natural supplements as well as loosening the foot and maintaining flexibility support treatment. Additionally, adjusting activity level and resting offers relief from the often painful condition.

What is Morton’s Neuroma?

Often described as a pain that feels as if one is standing on a pebble in the shoe, Morton’s neuroma is a condition that is localized in the ball of the foot specifically at the third and fourth toes. The condition causes the thickening of the tissue surrounding the nerves leading to the toe, causing pain and discomfort.

The condition typically does not involve any outward signs of the issue but presents symptoms including burning pain, tingling and numbness in the toes. The condition is generally caused by irritation, pressure or injury to the foot.

Natural Treatment for Metatarsal Pain

Generally an issue of the nerves and compression of the toes, Morton’s neuroma can often be treated using simple relief options. Massage as well as the proper foot support and footwear generally prevents further progression of the condition. The natural supplement serrapeptase also offers relief.


Resting the feet is often the first line of defense against Morton’s neuroma. Massage also serves as an effective option for resting the foot and relieving pain. Applying light pressure and kneading motions to the affected region stimulates blood flow as well as nerve function to prevent pain.

Foot Support

Wearing appropriate footwear as well as using orthotic supports is another option for treating Morton’s neuroma. Avoiding shoes with high heels and shoes that confine or compress the toes prevent issues. Additionally, supports that properly align the feet within a shoe and during activity add to treatment.


Serrapeptase is a natural supplement that is used in treating a variety of conditions. The compound aids in breaking down protein and decreasing inflammation. As Morton’s neuroma involves inflammation of the nerve tunnel, this supplement is particularly effective for treating metatarsal pain.

A painful condition that affects the ball of the foot, Morton’s neuroma is most often characterized by pain between the third and fourth toe. Holistic treatment that incorporates rest, activity changes and dietary supplements prevents pain and further issues associated with the metatarsals.

Adjust Zinc and Copper Ratios

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Posted by Jennifer (Portland, Or) on 05/01/2021 1 posts

I stumbled on a blog a couple years ago where someone said to read a book about zinc/copper ratios in your body. She said she healed hers after figuring out she was eating too much copper food. The book was called “Why am I always so tired?” by Ann Louise Gittelman, PhD.

She states in there that there are a lot of issues related to zinc deficiency, including Morton's Neuroma. Copper is very high in foods like grains, beans, nuts (including chocolate) and dried fruits. I was eating a lot of this food and also functioning more on a plant-based diet with occasional fish/eggs so it made sense to me that I was over eating copper foods. I was also hiking a lot and eating nuts and dried fruit for energy on the trails. She does indicate that even if you eat meat that you can still be zinc deficient if you're still over eating high copper foods. She also states in the book that you can take sulfur to help detox excess copper in the diet. MSM is a sulfur compound that may help with this condition.

After reading the book, I took zinc 50 mg twice a day and started eating more animal protein and cut back on the high copper foods and it went away within a day or two. That made me believe that this was the reason for my flare ups. Maybe this is not for everyone's condition of Morton's, but in case it helps anybody I thought I would let you know that it did work for me and it might be worth looking into.

The book has a lot more detail about it so it would be beneficial to read. It does not specifically talk about MSM just sulfur, but I recently read it again as I had another flareup and had forgotten what I had done before and saw the information on taking sulfur as well which I did not do the first time so I am trying out the MSM as well as zinc to see if this helps for long term results. Will update later on that one.


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Posted by Garry (West Australia) on 09/15/2018

Morton's Neuroma:

I take enough vitamin pills and such so I thought I would try the Serrapeptase suggestion from Marigold (2014) topically. It works brilliantly. I mixed 3-5 caps of the powder with DMSO (a teaspoon or so) and keep that in a container. Apply a little to the area and the pain is gone for a week or 3. Thanks for the help.

Posted by Hwkmn05 (Nh) on 04/10/2016 109 posts

Morton's Neuroma:

Serrapetase did nothing for me. I've taken it for other issues, but I got no relief and actually got worse while taking this. DE seems to be working along with ACV/BSM. I have gone to a wide shoe/boot in every style and sticking soft pads 1/4 in thick under my high arch. Its a fine line between that second toe joint and my arch, if its on the joint, I get worse. Just back of it seems to help. I am hoping this will allow me to forego surgery and podiatrist believes it will eventually.

Replied by Linda

What is BSM?

EC: BSM = Blackstrap Molasses

Replied by Linda

Gosh, missed another abbreviation you have on here. DE?

EC: DE = Diatomaceous Earth

Replied by Anne

Are you applying the diatomaceous earth topically? Also, what is BSM?

EC: BSM - Blackstrap Molasses

Posted by Marigold (Usa) on 06/20/2014

I have been taking 2 capsules of Serrapeptase every morning on an empty stomach and wow! I can not believe how fast this has worked on the pain and inflammation of Morton's Neuroma! I felt relief by the 2nd day!

Before I was taping my toes, second and third together, fourth and pinky toes together, which offered some relief. Now, after 2 months I don't have to tape and can walk without pain. I still know it's there if I step on a rock, but I'm 100% better than what I was not long ago.

I highly recommend this!

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(Falls Church, Va)

Where can I purchase serrapeptase?

EC: Check or your local health food store.

Replied by Susan
(Asheville, Nc)

What strength serrapeptase is recommended?

Replied by Diana

Yes, I've had great success with sertapeptase too. But when I forgot it on vacation abroad, I found out about iodine..... completely took the pain away with one drop on the skin of my foot within hours.... lugols iodine 5%, just one drop every few days.... my hair grew thicker too!

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I put a drop of lugol's in my smoothie every morning for my low thyroid so I'm putting some on my foot and saying a prayer. :) Pain was excruciating this morning after a very busy 5 days...

Shoe Changes

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Posted by Amy F;) (Pacific NW) on 03/22/2024

I switched to wide shoes and then slowly to barefoot shoes, stretching and strengthening foot muscles, etc. as I went. I only ever experience a flare up of the mn symptoms if I wear regular shoes now. There are many barefoot shoe styles out these days and "anya's" talks about foot shapes and recommends specific styles and brands custom for each person.