What is a neuroma?

A neuroma is where a benign group of nerve tissue grows between the third and fourth toes. This condition is often referred to as a pinched nerve. It causes pain between the toes and in the ball of the foot.

What are the symptoms and causes of neuromas?

Since there are no outward signs of a neuroma, it can be difficult to identify a problem. However, if you begin to experience any of the following symptoms, make an appointment with our office.

  • Feeling an imaginary pebble in your shoe
  • Pain in the ball of your foot that radiates toward your toes
  • Numbness in your toes
  • Swelling around your toes

Neuromas are typically a response to irritation or pressure on the nerves that lead to your toes. If any of your daily behaviors are contributing to this discomfort, try locating the exact cause. Some common causes include:

  • Wearing high heels
  • Running/jogging or other sports that feature tight shoes and repetitive trauma
  • Foot deformities

How are neuromas treated?

To relieve the pain of neuromas, you can start by wearing low-heeled shoes with plenty of room in the toe box. Shoes with thick, shock-absorbent soles and comfortable insoles will also help to stop pressure from building on your nerves.

Doctors may decide to use orthotics, medication, or special padding and taping to help treat neuromas. Surgery is also an option if early treatments fail and the neuroma progresses. To avoid surgery, wear proper footwear, and prevent compressing your toes together.