Neuroma, a Form of Nerve Damage
Neuromas are benign and enlarged nerve growths. They most commonly originate between the third and fourth toes.
Typically, neuromas develop due to irritation of the nerves. The irritation may be caused by tissue rubbing against the nerves, ill-fitting footwear or by abnormal bone structure.
Symptoms of a neuroma in the foot may include:
- Pain, usually located in the ball of the foot
- A feeling of thickness
Treatment for a Neuroma
If you believe you are suffering from a neuroma in the foot, see a podiatrist for an evaluation. A podiatrist will be able to recommend the best treatment for your specific case.
Treatment usually includes using orthotic devices or corrective footwear. Your podiatrist may also recommend cortisone injections. In some severe cases, surgery may be necessary. It is possible to remove the growth surgically.
Morton's NeuromaThere is a specific type of a neuroma called a Morton’s neuroma. With a Morton’s neuroma, the nerve that runs to the toes is affected. Morton’s neuromas are usually caused by irritation as well. The irritation can be due to wearing tight-fitting footwear or high heels, or by trauma. If you are suffering from a Morton’s neuroma, you may feel a burning, radiating pain in the ball of the foot or in the toes. You may also experience numbness. Treatment will depend on your case and the severity of the condition, but treatments will be similar to the ones listed above. A change in shoes will definitely be recommended if footwear was to blame for the development of the neuroma, and cortisone injections may be recommended as well.