Do I Have a Neuroma in My Foot?
A neuroma is a pinched nerve caused by a thickening of the nerve tissue in the toe. When the nerve tissue thickens, it traps the nerve, causing irritation. Without treatment, the nerve itself can swell and cause permanent damage. While neuromas can appear anywhere on the body, the ones that occur on the feet can cause pain and discomfort that make it difficult to walk and may impact your mobility. The most common foot neuroma occurs between the third and fourth toe. It is known as Morton’s neuroma.
You will not likely be able to feel the neuroma or detect a lump or bump, but you may experience pain or swelling between your toes. There may also be a feeling like something is stuck in the ball of your foot, or pain in the ball of your foot that gets worse with certain shoes or activities. Many people with neuromas also complain of a tingling sensation between the toes and in the ball of the foot.
How Are Neuromas Treated?
The treatment for a neuroma will depend on the severity of the condition. Smaller neuromas can be treated with footwear changes and orthotics. You may need to wear wide-width, low heel shoes with custom orthotics that are designed to alleviate nerve compression. To treat neuroma pain, you can take NSAIDs like ibuprofen, but if that doesn’t work, you can also get an injection. For the most serious neuromas, or for those neuromas that don’t respond to standard treatment, surgery to remove the nerve may be necessary.
If you are experiencing symptoms of a neuroma or would like to learn more about our available podiatric services and treatment, request an appointment with us today. Our friendly and accommodating staff provides prompt and punctual service and is dedicated to providing high-end, compassionate podiatric care. At Northeastern Foot & Ankle, board-certified podiatrist Dr. Khoury takes the time to carefully listen to and understand your medical and cosmetic concerns, recommending and providing the most appropriate treatment options paired with innovative and emerging technologies to help meet your podiatric needs. Call 973.473.6665 or scroll to the top of the page to request an appointment.