A neuroma is an abnormality of a nerve that has been damaged either by trauma or as a result of an abnormality of the foot. They are caused by tissue rubbing against and irritating the nerves.  A neuroma feels like a pinched nerve between the toes, especially while walking. It can feel like there's a stone in your shoe. The area can become tender and swollen. It can cause the ball of the foot to become numb or tingly.

Causes of a Neuroma

The causes of a neuroma can be biomechanical, trauma or injury.  Pressure from ill-fitting shoes or abnormal bone structure can also lead to this condition. Conservative treatments include orthoses (shoe inserts) and/or cortisone injections. In severe cases, surgical removal of the growth is sometimes necessary.

Treatment for a Neuroma

You can help get relief from neuroma foot pain by icing and massaging the area. Rest and elliviate when possible. Also, wearing shoes with proper soles and avoiding flats and heels over 2 inches will help. Custom orthotics are used to evenly distribute the pressure of your feet and could help relieve pain and symptoms.

Peter Wishnie, D.P.M.
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