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By Philip S. Pinsker, DPM PC
February 21, 2016
Tags: neuroma  

When a nerve is compressed, it becomes irritated and the tissue thickens and enlarges forming a Neuroma. Neuromas can occur in many parts of the body. On the foot, the most common type of Neuroma is called Morton’s Neuroma and it develops in the ball of your foot between the third and fourth toe. What you may experience if you have a Neuroma is burning, numbness, tingling or pain in the ball of your foot and a feeling like something is on the bottom of your foot or like your sock is scrunched up. As the Neuroma progresses, your toes may feel numb as well.

What Causes Neuromas?

Basically anything that squeezes the nerve or puts pressure on it can cause a Neuroma to form. This includes:

  • An injury
  • Wearing shoes that have a narrow toe box or high heels (these force toes to be squeezed into the toe box and put pressure on the forefoot)
  • Flatfeet
  • Bunions
  • Hammertoes
  • Activities that include repetitive pounding on the ball of the foot, such as court sports, basketball  or running

Don’t Delay in Seeking Treatment

Neuromas are progressive. The symptoms you experience are actually indicators that nerve damage is in the process of happening. It’s important to make an appointment at Philip S. Pinsker, DPM as soon as you start to feel discomfort or pain in the ball of your foot. If diagnosed and treated in its early stages, the progression of the Neuroma can be stopped. Left untreated, permanent nerve damage is likely to occur.

Our board certified podiatrist, Dr. Philip S. Pinsker will try to reproduce the symptoms of Morton’s Neuroma in the course of examining your foot. He will also ask questions about your medical history and your activities. Imaging studies and other tests may be done to confirm the diagnosis.

If your Neuroma has not progressed too far, the foot doctor will recommend treatment aimed at relieving your symptoms—such as icing, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications and cortisone shots and also at preventing the Neuroma from progressing. This can be done by modifying your activities and your footwear. Adding orthotics may help reposition the foot and take the pressure off the nerves.

If a Neuroma is an advanced stage, surgery may be the only option. If you are concerned that you may have a Neuroma in your foot, schedule an evaluation at our Washington, PA office as soon as possible by calling: (724) 225- 7410.

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