Feet Feel Like Socks are Bunched Up

Feet Feel Like Socks are Bunched Up

If your Feet Feel Like Socks are Bunched Up, 80+% of the time this is a condition called Morton’s Neuralgia. Use our 90% successful treatment guide.




If your Feet Feel Like Socks are Bunched Up, but they are not! This is very similar to what most people say about a condition known as Morton’s Neuralgia which usually occurs at the base of the 3rd and 4th toes.

This is an extremely well documented and reported condition which results when the nerves that run between the joints at the base of your toes becomes irritated for one of many reasons.



Feet feel like socks are bunched or scrunched up?

  • This type of feeling especially when combined with sharp, shooting or is most commonly Morton neuroma.
  • This usually develops due to a sore nerve in the front of your foot.


Feet Feel Like Socks are Bunched Up

Morton Neuralgia Treatment Guide


Causes of Morton’s neuralgia in the foot?

The most common causes of an inter metatarsal neuroma are listed below:

  • One of the most common causes is tight and tapered shoes in the front.
  • High-heeled shoes.
  • Narrow toe box.
  • Very little padding in the front of your toolbox.
  • It is more common with certain foot deformities: bunions, hammer toes, and a flatfoot.
  • It is also more common in people who run in every competitive activities: such as long-distance running or sports on hard surfaces.

What is Morton’s neuralgia?

  • Morton’s neuroma is a thickening of the nerve tissue. It’s not always just in your foot, but it is most commonly in the foot.
  • This Morton neuroma usually develops in between the metatarsals of the feet. This area is known as the ball of your foot. This can then lead to abnormal nerve sensations. This can lead to your foot feeling like the socks are bunched up, or scrunched up.
  • It is the thickening of the nerve that defines the neuroma. It is the result of compression and irritation of the nerve. The constant irritation compression creates enlargement of the nerve, and this can lead to eventual permanent damage.


Symptoms at the Toes or Foot:
  • Pain while walking or running.
  • Occurs after a short time, especially in people with flat foot.
  • Feels like a pebble in your shoe.
  • Feels like your socks are bunched up.
  • Burning, numbness and tingling.
  • Can feel like walking on razor blades.
  • Classify this with the Mulder’s Click Test


Most common sports associated with the neuroma in the foot:

The most common sports associated with an inter metatarsal neuroma are:

  • Long-distance running. Long-distance walking.
  • Hard surface sports such as racquetball, tennis or basketball.
  • Anything with repetitive long-distance running or jumping.
  • It is less common in grass sports such as soccer or football.


Symptoms of a inter metatarsal neuroma:


Early signs of nerve irritation and compression include:

  • Significant pain, which does seem out of proportion.
  • Strange sensations such as bunching up of the socks in the foot.
  • Scrunched up or bunched up sock like feeling.
  • Sharp shooting or zapping pain.
  • Tingling burning or numbness.
  • It feels like there is a rock or something trapped in the front of your shoe.


Diagnosis of an inter tarsal or Morton neuroma:

  • The best way to perform a diagnosis of an inner metatarsal neuroma, is to look at the above causes and symptoms.
  • If this does seem like you, then you should go see your podiatrist for some treatment.


Home treatment:

  • If you have read the above causes and symptoms, and you are confident that that bunching up feeling, or public feeling in your shoes is a more neuroma, then read the below treatments.


The best home treatment options for Morton neuroma:

  • Except that you have an injury, even if you’re doing everything right, this nerve can take one to two months to get completely better again.
  • There is no magic solution like a cream that can make it go away immediately.
  • The first thing you need to do is look at your shoes: most patients that we see think they are wearing great shoes, but they can actually be terrible shoes. In today’s world of marketing, commercials make it seem like a shoe is great for you, it can actually be a terrible shoe! We see hard-working and well-intentioned athletes come in with terrible unsupportive and flimsy shoes. This is even the case if you buy $200 plus shoes!


Get a good supportive running shoe:

  • The first step is to get a good supportive running shoe, if you have any questions with this comes your podiatrist or get something that you would feel comfortable running a marathon in.
  • Take a look at what people are running marathons and, it’s not decked out signature shoes!


  • Go see your podiatrist for a great orthotic.
  • If you have severe pain big athletic career, or a big work career ahead of you.
  • This is very cheap investment to get rid of your foot pain.
  • There are much cheaper over-the-counter custom options available as well.
  • Do your best to avoid the flimsy gel pads.


  • This is not something that we would recommend doing at home, but a doctor can help you with this.
  • If you do have severe pain that is really preventing you from doing anything, this may be an option in the right circumstances.


  • Anti-inflammatory medications could be good, but we do not recommend this as a long-term solution.
  • Focus on the orthotics in the shoes.




When is surgery a good option? 95% of the time is is not!


  • If you have tried all the above stuff, and a couple months have gone by and you have not started to improve at all, then further and imaging like an ultrasound, x-ray or MRI might make sense.
  • If you have long-term permanent damage to the nerve, especially if it has been going on for over 6 to 12 months, then you may need surgery.
  • Morton neuroma surgery has its benefits, but any type of surgery may have its negatives.




Differential Diagnosis at the Front of the Foot

If this does not sound like what you are experiencing, follow our guide to forefoot pain:

Forefoot Pain Treatment and Diagnosis Guide


Morton’s Neuralgia Treatment Guide

Most treatment methods are designed at targeting Morton’s Neuralgia are conservative and then transition into surgical if those do not work.

If you have any more questions at all about Morton’s Neuralgia, I highly recommend that you visit the full Morton’s Neuralgia treatment guide!

Feet Feel Like Socks are Bunched Up Treatment Guide

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The Modern Podiatrist (Foot and Ankle Specialist Doctor):Today's podiatrist is required to undergo rigorous medical training that licenses them as physicians with equivalent legal standing to the MD and DO degree (These are physician recognized licenses most common only in the USA). Although admittedly the training does differ between the three degrees. The differences are listed below.In Michigan Podiatrists are trained and authorized to perform surgery in the foot and ankle up to the tibial tubercle below the knee.All our podiatrists and foot doctors have undergone rigorous training including a 4 undergraduate college degree, writing the medical school entrance exam (MCAT), followed by a 4 year medical school degree (DPM - Doctor of Podiatric Medicine),Once podiatrists in the USA complete the rigorous 4 year medical school courses, they are required to complete a minimum of 3 years of a surgical and non-surgical residency program. Some podiatrists and foot doctors then choose to go on to further fellowship training specializing in various forms of specialty such as diabetic surgery or reconstructive foot and ankle surgery.The training is not over yet! Each podiatrist must be judged by a governing body where they submit their surgical cases and are reviewed regularly to ensure excellent results. This is a career long evaluation with board qualifications and certifications every few years.So have faith that today's podiatrist is your best choice for your foot and ankle problems! We are able to approach you foot and ankle problems from a non-surgery perspective, but that when necessary we can provide you with the treatment that you need!All articles written by this account are considered to be for educational purposes only. It is impossible for us to truly assess your condition and the advice we give here is meant to give you a basis to then follow up with your podiatrist and foot doctor later.If you have any questions at all, or there is anything that we can help you with, please feel free to contact our office or email us. Podiatrists provide medically necessary treatment which should be covered by valid insurance plans, we are not a cosmetic or elective medical specialty.