AllCare Foot & Ankle Center
Podiatry & Wound Care Specialist located in Arlington, TX & Dallas, TX
A painful burning or tingling sensation in the ball of your foot may be a sign of a neuroma, or thickening of the nerve tissue. Podiatrist Michael Tran, DPM and the team at AllCare Foot & Ankle Center diagnose and treat neuromas at two locations in Arlington and Dallas, Texas. For accurate diagnosis and treatment of neuromas, call or book an appointment online today.
Neuroma Q & A
What is a neuroma?
Also called a pinched nerve, a neuroma is a thickening of nerve tissue that can develop in various parts of your body. The most common type of neuroma to affect your foot is called a Morton’s neuroma (intermetatarsal neuroma). A Morton’s neuroma affects the nerve that runs in between your third and fourth toes.
What causes a neuroma?
Anything that puts pressure on or irritates your nerve can lead to a neuroma. Common causes of neuromas include:
- Wearing narrow or high-heeled shoes
- Foot deformities like bunions and hammertoes
- Repetitive stress from running or sports
A neuroma may also develop after an injury or trauma causes damage to the nerve that results in inflammation.
What are the symptoms of a neuroma?
Neuromas usually don’t cause any outward signs, like a visible lump. Instead, you may experience one or more of the following symptoms:
- Sharp, burning pain in the ball of the foot
- Tingling or numbness in the toes
- Feeling like you have a pebble in your shoe
Neuroma symptoms typically start out mild and worsen over time. Without treatment, a neuroma may cause permanent changes to your nerve.
When should I see a podiatrist for a neuroma?
You should schedule an appointment at AllCare Foot & Ankle Center any time you experience foot pain that lasts longer than a few days. If left untreated, foot problems like neuromas tend to get worse.
How are neuromas diagnosed and treated?
To diagnose a neuroma, your podiatrist at AllCare Foot & Ankle Center thoroughly reviews your symptoms and medical history. They examine your foot and may press on your foot in an attempt to reproduce symptoms. They may also take an imaging test, like an X-ray.
Then, they recommend the best treatment for your specific needs. Treatment for mild-to-moderate neuromas typically includes:
- Wearing custom orthotics
- Changing to shoes with a roomier toe box and more cushioning
- Reducing activities that irritate the condition
- Oral nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medication
- Therapeutic injections
Severe neuromas that don’t respond to conservative treatments may require surgery.
If you’re experiencing foot pain, don’t hesitate to call AllCare Foot & Ankle Center, or book an appointment online today.
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