Do you have foot pain in the ball of the foot or between the toes? Do you have a tingling or burning sensation on the bottom of your foot?
You may have a neuroma or a Morton’s Neuroma and treatment with one of the podiatrists at Newtown Foot & Ankle Specialists can bring relief. Left untreated, neuromas can worsen and begin to limit mobility due to increasing discomfort in the foot. Permanent nerve damage can also result if a neuroma worsens over time.
What Is A Neuroma?
A neuroma is a growth of nerve tissue that often occurs between the third and fourth toes and the ball of the foot. There is a range of reasons for developing a neuroma and possible risk factors. Although a neuroma is a benign growth, it can cause growing discomfort and make it painful and difficult to walk. For most people, treatment is effective when sought early.
Common signs of a neuroma:
- tingling, burning sensation between toes or on the ball of the foot
- pain between the third and fourth toes
- lump under the toes
- a sensation of walking on a marble
How Is A Neuroma Treated?
The treatment for a neuroma or Morton’s Neuroma can vary depending on the severity and the condition of your foot. An exam and a possible x-ray are often used to evaluate your foot and determine the appropriate treatment. In addition to treatment to resolve the neuroma and improve symptoms, we will discuss your risk factors and overall health and lifestyle to help you avoid a recurrence of this painful condition.
For some patients with a mild condition, some rest and possibly changing the type of shoe they wear can slowly resolve the neuroma. Lower heeled shoes and padded soles and socks can relieve pressure. Shoes with tapered toes or a style that pushes the toes together or puts pressure on the toes from elevation can be both a cause and an aggravator of a neuroma. Other treatment options include:
- custom orthotics
- anti-inflammatory medications or cortisone injections
- surgical removal of the neuroma