A Swelling Called Neuroma

The swelling or thickening of tissues around the nerves leading to the toes that is a result of compression or trauma is called a Neuroma. This swelling is described as a benign growth or nerve tumor. Sometimes this kind of swelling can also cause permanent nerve damage. Though neuromas can develop in any part of the foot, they most commonly affect the ball of the foot and are found in the space between the 3rd and 4th toes. This neuroma is called Morton’s neuroma. Ballet dancers typically suffer from neuromas as the pirouettes they perform put tremendous pressure on the front part of their feet.

Causes:

  • When one of the intermetatarsal nerves is pinched and stretched across the ball of the foot
  • Wearing improper footwear and high-heeled shoes
  • Having flat feet and high foot arches
  • Suffering from bunions, hammertoes and other foot problems
  • A punctured wound and laceration can injure a nerve causing a neuroma
  • Any kind of dance or sport which involves tight shoes and pressure on the toes and ball of foot

Symptoms:

  • Foot cramping
  • Burning, tingling and numbness in one or two toes
  • Tingling in the ball of the foot
  • Sensation of walking on a lump
  • Stabbing pain in the ball of the foot

Treatment:

  • Cortisone injections
  • Anti-inflammatory medication
  • Metatarsal pad which protects ball of foot structures
  • Alcohol injections around the involved nerve
  • Wearing shoes with adequate support and width
  • Avoiding high heeled shoes
  • Physical therapy
  • Padding or taping the ball of the foot
  • Orthotics
  • Chemical destruction of the nerve
  • Surgical removal of the enlarged traumatized part of the nerve

Never live with pain in the foot or feet which lasts more than two days. Seek medical advice from doctors who specialize in foot disorders. We at Montgomery Foot Care Specialists, located in Montgomery, AL, are watchful of our patient’s needs. We offer all testing in house – from blood tests to ultrasounds – which is very convenient for a person in pain. Our experienced podiatrist, Dr. Michael L. Rosenberg, always takes into consideration all the fears and concerns of the person suffering from neuroma, and responds with the best treatment options. Visit our comprehensive website and read all about the state-of-the-art services we have to offer. To make an appointment, contact our office today at (334) 396-3668.