The Nerve of Neuroma
What is Neuroma and what causes it?
It is a benign growth of nerve tissue most commonly found between the third and fourth toes. When your toes are pressed together for a lengthy amount of time, the nerve that runs between your toes will swell causing pain when you put pressure on that foot.
What are the symptoms?
A burning or sharp pain in your foot that hurts more when you apply pressure or walk on it. It can feel like a small bump is nestled inside the ball of your foot. Burning, tingling and numbness between the toes and ball of the foot may occur as well.
How is it diagnosed?
During your examination one of our Board Certified Doctors will order an x-ray of your foot to make sure nothing else is causing the pain before they will diagnose your condition. They will also apply pressure on the space between your toe and bone to create the pain. This will help determine if there is a possible stress fracture. Last, a range of motion test will rule out arthritis or joint inflammation.
What are the treatments?
You may be able to treat this problem at home first by trying the following suggestions:
- Avoid wearing tight, pointy, or high-heeled shoes.
- Rest your feet and reduce any activities that put pressure on your toes.
- Apply ice for about 10 to 15 minutes at a time.
- Try anti- inflammatory medicine to help reduce pain and swelling.
- Massaging your foot around the nerve or painful area.
If these suggestions do not clear up your symptoms, our podiatrist may recommend cushions or devices that will separate your toes to keep them from squeezing the nerve. It is common in more than 200,000 people per year but can be treated easily by our medical professionals. If you contact one of our conveniently located offices in Ringwood and Fort Lee NJ or Flushing, Woodhaven and Brooklyn NY, our team of professionals will be able to help!