Neuromas

neuromas treatmentA neuroma is a painful condition that occurs when the nerve tissue, most often between the third and fourth toes, becomes thickened and a painful growth develops. This is sometimes referred to as an intermetatarsal neuroma.

Neuromas are often caused by compression or irritation of the nerve.  Tight or ill-fitting shoes, or from repetitive stress placed on the foot, high heels, an injury or foot deformity could lead to neuromas.

Neuroma Symptoms:

If you are suffering from a neuroma, you be experiencing one or more of the following symptoms:

  • Sharp, burning sensation in the ball of foot, especially when walking
  • Tingling or numbness between the toes and in the ball of the foot
  • Feel as if there is a rock in your shoe
  • A painful lump

Symptoms begin gradually and may subside when removing the shoe and messaging the foot. But the symptoms will become more intense as the neuroma enlarges.

Neuroma Treatment:

For mild to moderate neuromas, a podiatrist may prescribe:

  • Shoe changes
  • Orthotics
  • Padding and taping
  • Physical therapy
  • Anti-inflammatory medication
  • Cortisone injections
  • Surgery

Testing:

To determine if you are suffering from a neuroma, a podiatrist may recommend an x-ray, ultrasound or an MRI in order to evaluate the bone and tissues.

Dr. Regal describes the definition of a neuroma in this video.