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. Treatment with one of our podiatrists or foot doctors 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
Do neuromas ever go away?
No, neuroma will not go away without treatment. Some symptoms may be irregular and go away for extended periods, but the odds of them returning are high. Treatment helps diminish pain in hopes that it will go away completely.
Is walking barefoot good for a neuroma?
Walking barefoot may be known to cause increased pain in the feet around a neuroma. Wearing tight shoes may also increase pain because they provide such a tight space for the foot that it cannot breathe. Any compression, pressure, or high impact activities may increase pain in a neuroma.
How can I make my neuroma feel better?
Some ways known to decrease pain with a neuroma is to ice your foot, and take ice baths, change up your shoes, and take painkillers recommended by your doctor. Also decreasing physical activities that put pressure on your feet may help ease pain.
When does a neuroma need to be removed?
A neuroma should be removed when it is causing issues for a patient, and consistent pain. Neuroma surgery can remove it to relieve pain for the patient. Neuromas are typically placed between toes.
Can Flip Flops Cause Morton’s neuroma?
Flip flops are a common cause for neuromas. Some patients only experience pain in the summer around the months they wear flip flops. There is a direct correlation between neuroma pain and flip flop/sandal wearing.