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April 09, 2010
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One of the most common types of neuroma found in the body is located in the foot. It is commonly referred to as a "Morton's" neuroma and it is found between the 3rd and 4th toes in the area under the ball of your foot. A neuroma is a thickening of nerve tissue that may develop into compression and irritation of the nerve. This compression creates an enlargement of the nerve, eventually leading to permanent nerve damage.
Causes of the compression can be anything that puts undo compression on that part of the foot. Narrow shoes with tapered toe boxes as well as high heels are common external culprits. Genetics can also play a part in compression factors. People with bunions, hammertoes, or flatfeet are at a higher risk structurally for developing a neuroma.
So what does a neuroma feel like? Depending on the stage of severity, a Morton's neuroma can feel like a small pebble in your sock under the ball of your foot to as painful as deep, burning, pain in the insides of the ball of your foot. Usually, the symptoms begin gradually as they come and go. With time, the pain can last for several days or weeks.
Treatment also is dependent on the length and severity of the symptoms. Usual first steps are corrective padding and shoe changes. NSAIDs such as ibuprofen or naproxen are also available. Injections and surgery are measures that are usually reserved for more severe cases.
Early treatment of a neuroma is the best and easiest way to correct the problems. Think you might have the start of a neuroma? Call and make an appointment to see Dr. Pinsker today!

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