Podiatrists located in Brentwood, Chesterfield, Creve Coeur, St. Peters, & Webster, MO
A neuroma is a painful condition that can cause a burning sensation and numbness in your toes, often between the third and fourth toe. If you suffer from symptoms of a neuroma, book an appointment with the foot health experts at Foot Healers. Located in Brentwood, Chesterfield, Creve Coeur, St. Peters, and Shrewsbury, Missouri, the practice offers both conservative and surgical treatment for painful neuromas. To speak with a podiatrist about your condition, call one of the offices or book online today.
Neuroma Q & A
What are the symptoms of a neuroma?
Symptoms of a neuroma include:
- Tingling and numbness
- Pain in the ball of the foot
- Pain in between the toes
- Swelling between the toes
A neuroma is a painful condition that can make it difficult to bear weight on the ball of your foot. Many people describe their symptoms as the feeling of having a stone stuck in their shoe.
If you notice symptoms, it's important to seek medical care as soon as possible. If left untreated, a neuroma can cause permanent damage to the nerves near your toes.
What causes neuromas?
A neuroma refers to thickening of the tissue that surrounds your nerves. Also called a pinched nerve or nerve tumor, a neuroma is a type of benign tissue growth that’s typically found between the third and fourth toes.
Although there is no identified cause for the condition, neuromas seem to develop as a result of irritation and pressure on the nerves near your toes. A number of factors can increase your risk of developing a neuroma. Among them are:
- Wearing high heels
- Foot injuries
- Participating in high-impact activities (like jogging or running)
- Repeated stress
Many people develop neuromas as a result of wearing high heels or shoes that crowd the toes. Certain biomechanical deformities like flat foot or high arches can also increase your chances of developing neuromas.
How are neuromas diagnosed?
To perform your diagnosis, your podiatrist begins with a thorough physical exam, checking for masses and tender spots in your foot. Your podiatrist may also perform an X-ray to evaluate the structure of your foot and rule out other causes of your pain.
Once you’ve been diagnosed, your doctor works with you to develop the most effective treatment plan.
What treatments are available for neuromas?
Treatment depends on the severity of your neuroma. If your condition is mild and still in the early stages, your doctor may suggest a number of conservative treatments like:
- Padding and taping
- Anti-inflammatory medication
- Cortisone injections
- Footwear changes
The goal of conservative treatment is to reduce pressure on the area near the neuroma and relieve your pain and discomfort.
If your condition doesn’t improve with conservative care, your podiatrist may recommend surgery. Surgery involves decompressing the affected nerve by releasing nearby tissues or removing the nerve altogether.
To find out which treatment is right for you, book an appointment at Foot Healers by phone or online today.
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