A neuroma is an enlarged, benign growth of nerves, most commonly between the third and fourth toes. Neuromas are caused by tissue rubbing against and irritating the nerves. Pressure from poorly fitting shoes or an abnormal bone structure can also lead to this condition. Symptoms may include sensations of thickness, burning, numbness, tingling, or pain in the ball of the foot. Treatments generally include wearing corrective shoes or orthotics and/or receiving cortisone injections. In severe cases, surgical removal of the growth may be necessary.
Morton's neuroma is a thickening of tissues around the nerve that leads to the toes. Morton's neuroma usually develops between the third and fourth toes in response to irritation, such as that caused by wearing high-heeled or narrow shoes, or from trauma. Symptoms may include a burning pain that radiates from the ball of the foot to the toes or numbness in the toes. Conservative treatments usually resolve the pain or progressions of the condition, and range from wearing roomier, lower-heeled footwear or using orthotics to reduce the pressure on the nerve, to injections of corticosteroid medication to reduce swelling and inflammation.
A neuroma can be uncomfortable at best and painful at worst. There are many reasons why neuromas develop and different ways to ease the pain and treat the problem. The good news is that the experts at Coastal Podiatry, LLC are here to help you.
What Is A Neuroma?
A neuroma is a “pinched nerve.” If it is found between the third and fourth toes, it is known as Morton’s neuroma. It may feel as though you are standing on a rock, because the tissue around the nerves in that area have thickened. You will likely feel a burning sensation in your feet, which can lead to severe pain. Other symptoms you may experience include tingling in the toes, numbness, swelling, and pain in the foot when you put pressure on that area. You may notice that you are walking more on your heels or the sides of your feet to avoid the pain in your toes. Try not to do that, because a change in gait can lead to other problems.
What Are the Causes of a Neuroma?
There is no specific cause of a neuroma, but there are things that can contribute to one forming. Some people are more predisposed to suffering from this condition due to the biomechanics of their feet. If you have flat feet or very high arches, you are at a greater risk. Injury, trauma, or repeated stress can also cause a neuroma to develop. One of the main reasons that you may find yourself suffering from pain in your toes is because of improper footwear choices. High heels and shoes that squeeze the toes together are big contributors to neuroma formation.
How Do You Treat a Neuroma?
There are things you can do to ease the discomfort that you feel when you have a neuroma. The first step you should take is to change your shoes. If you typically wear high heels, go for a pair that are lower to the ground. Find shoes that have a wider toe box so that your toes aren’t feeling so much pressure. You can also try to use the RICE method (rest, ice, compression, elevation) to help take away some of the pain. If changing your shoes does not make enough of a difference, you can try using an over-the-counter insert that will add some padding for your foot.
If these at-home remedies aren’t helping with the pain, there are things our experts can do to help you. We can prescribe custom-made orthotics, pad, or tape your toes together. Medications are sometimes prescribed. In very extreme cases, surgery may be the best option for you.
When to Get Podiatric Help
If you are experiencing pain in your toes that feels as if you are standing on a pebble, call Dr. Rahn Ravenell and Dr. Tamika Ravenell today at (843) 856-5337. You can also schedule an appointment online to visit Coastal Podiatry, LLC in Mt. Pleasant, SC. We can diagnose and treat your neuroma and get you back on your feet in no time.