A neuroma is an enlarged growth of benign nerves between your third and fourth toes and is caused by the tissues rubbing and irritating your surrounding nerves. Most commonly neuroma is caused by an abnormal bone structure; however, pressure from poorly fitted shoes can also lead to this problem. Wearing shoes that are too narrow or too tight, such as high heels, has shown to increase your chances of this happening.
How do you know if you have neuroma?
Symptoms of neuroma vary, but generally speaking, they include a sensation of burning, numbness, tingling, or thickness and pain in the ball of your foot. Treatment options vary; you may be asked to wear corrective footwear and/or orthotics. Conservative treatment options are often all it takes to correct and relieve the pain you feel and lessen the inflammation you experience when on your feet. You may also be advised to receive a cortisone injection in the affected nerves. In rare cases, your doctor may suggest that you get surgery to remove the growth when other neuro foot care treatments are proven to be ineffective.
The best thing you can do for your feet is to wear comfortable, properly sized footwear. If you are experiencing pain in your toes and do not know what is causing it, you may want to come in for a consultation with our podiatrist. By taking a closer look at your toes and feet, we will be able to diagnose what the root cause of your symptoms are and create an effective treatment plan for your neuroma.