What are neuromas?
Neuromas, also called a Morton’s neuroma or a pinched nerve, are conditions that occur when the nerves between the third and fourth toes become thickened. The result is a burning and tingling sensation. It is typically caused by wearing shoes that are too tight in the toe area, such as high heels or any shoes with a pointy toe.
Sometimes simply changing your shoes will help alleviate the pain. You can also treat a neuroma with ice packs, anti-inflammatory medications (under a doctor’s supervision), massage, orthotics, or even a steroid shot. If these conservative methods do not work, surgery may be necessary.
If you feel sharp burning pain in your feet between the third and fourth toe, give Dr. Rahn Ravenell a call today to schedule an appointment. Together we will get rid of the pain and get you back to enjoying life.
Can my neuroma be treated?
A thickened nerve in the bottom of your feet causes a Morton’s neuroma. Neuroma treatment is usually fairly simple. The nerves become swollen when your toes are too tightly squeezed for long periods of time. Wearing shoes that do not fit you properly or put a lot of pressure on the balls of your feet, such as high heels, is a common cause. Simply changing your footwear can instantly relieve much of the pain and discomfort associated with this problem. Some people choose to wear gel inserts in their shoes to take away some of the pressure. Additionally, following the RICE method (rest, icing, compression, and elevation) can ease your pain. A doctor can prescribe medication or massage your feet to help the muscles around the nerves to relax.
If you have a neuroma and want to know your treatment options call Dr. Rahn Ravenell today to schedule an appointment at Coastal Podiatry, LLC in Mt. Pleasant, SC. Foot pain doesn’t have to be a way of life; you can change it and we can help.