What is a Neuroma?

iStock_000001262049MediumA recent patient came in with an all-too-familiar complaint.  She said, “I have a pain in the ball of my foot that feels like I have a rolled up sock under my toes.  Other times my toes tingle or burn.  How do I get rid of this?”  After examination, I concluded that she had a neuroma.

A neuroma is a benign thickening of a nerve between the toes that usually results in radiating pain toward the ends of the toes or even up the foot and leg. Though neuromas can be found along any nerve, they tend to have a predilection for the area between the third and fourth toes. This is known as a Morton’s neuroma. The most common causes of neuromas are inappropriate or tight shoe gear and trauma.

Treatment options consist of simply changing shoe gear, orthotic devices, anti-inflammatories, sclerosing therapy and surgical excision.  If you have any of the symptoms listed above, contact us to make an appointment.

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