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The Development of a Neuroma

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Morton's Neuromas are fairly common, and if you've been diagnosed with a neuroma, you may be wondering what caused it to develop and exactly what causes those feelings of pain and burning, or even numbness or loss of feeling, in your foot.


Why Did I Get a Neuroma?

Neuromas develop due to nerve irritation. If you've ever experienced a callus, it is a similar process. When something rubs on your skin or puts pressure on your skin, it causes the skin to harden and form a callus. The same thing happens when the nerve is irritated or pressured. It begins to thicken to protect itself from the irritation. In the process of thickening, the nerve can form a sort of tumor, which is benign.

The worst part is that as the nerve thickens, it takes up more space, exposing it to more irritation and pressure. At some point, this begins to cause pain and leads to the symptoms of a neuroma.


Neuroma Pain

If you've starting having pain or other symptoms you believe are caused by a neuroma, see a podiatrist for an evaluation and treatment. Until you can get to the doctor, avoid wearing shoes that are too tight or high heels, and limit your activity. Too much activity or shoes that put pressure on the feet are thought to make neuroma pain worse.


For more information, watch our video above. To contact us, call us at (888) 713-0906 or request an appointment online.

Category: Vascular/Nerve Problems

Jason Knox, DPM, FACFAS
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Board Certified Surgeon and Podiatrist at Neuhaus Foot and Ankle

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