A neuroma of the foot is a painful condition that can worsen if not treated promptly. For residents in and around McKees Rock, Pennsylvania, Scott Norris, DPM, and Camille Christensen, DPM, of C&S Foot and Ankle are an outstanding resource for treating neuromas and the full scope of podiatric needs. Book your visit today using the easy online scheduling tool, or call to check appointment availability.

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What are neuromas?

A neuroma is a benign tissue growth that develops on a nerve in your foot. The ball of your foot contains numerous nerves that run between your bones and beneath the ligaments that hold those bones in place.

Also called Morton’s neuroma or a pinched nerve, neuromas of the foot are a swollen, painful nerve or clusters of nerves, often developing in the area between your third and fourth toes.

It isn’t always possible to determine the exact cause of a neuroma, but researchers find that these circumstances increase your risk of this painful foot condition:

  • Biomechanical deformities like flat feet or a high arch
  • Wearing high heels or shoes that are too tight in the toe area
  • Traumatic injury to the foot
  • Repetitive stress at work or during recreation

Nerve tissue does not tolerate any abnormal compression or restriction and creates pain signals to warn you that something is wrong.

How do I know if I have a neuroma?

The primary symptom is pain between the toes while walking. Many people with neuromas find themselves having to stop, remove their shoe, and rub the area to try and find relief.

Additional signs you might have a neuroma include:

  • Tingling or burning sensations in the ball of your foot
  • Numbness in the ball of your foot
  • Sharp or dull pain when you place weight on the ball of your foot
  • Swelling between your toes
  • Sensation of having a pebble or rock in the ball of your foot

It’s important to seek help if you notice these changes. Left untreated, neuromas can worsen to the point they interfere with your daily routines.

What are some treatment options for neuromas?

The C&S Foot and Ankle team takes a conservative approach to treating neuromas, preferring to try noninvasive and minimally invasive options first. Changing your footwear is a great place to begin. Many people find relief by switching to wider shoes that don’t compress the balls of the feet.

You might also try custom orthotics, which are devices worn inside your normal shoes. Orthotics with a metatarsal pad helps relieve pressure on the ball of your foot while walking.

Oral medications can help control inflammation, and cortisone injections might also bring relief. In some cases, surgically removing the neuroma is the best way to achieve lasting improvement.

When you’re ready to learn more, call the office to schedule a consultation. Online booking is also an option and is fast and easy.