A neuroma is a non-cancerous nerve
tumor of the foot. Commonly called
Neuroma, it is a swelling or an
inflammation of the nerve.
They are most frequently found between one or more
of the metatarsal bones
(these are the bones on the front
part of the foot that the
toes attach to) but
can form at other locations
of the foot including the heel.
Frequently, a neuroma causes a Burning Pain
which is localized around the
ball of the foot, and this
burning sensation may eventually
turn to pins and
needles or a shooting type pain may
the toes (most commonly the 3rd
and 4th toes, and
the 2nd and 3rd toes) or through
the rest of the foot.
A neuroma may also cause numbness,
tingling or cramping
into the toes or feet. These unpleasant
occurs while the person is walking
with shoes on or standing for a
period of time; and may improve
or even disappear once the
shoes are removed and the painful
area is massaged. In more severe cases these
discomforts can even radiate up the leg.
The leading cause of neuroma is abnormal
function of the foot which improperly causes the
metatarsal bones to squeeze or choke the nerve,
which cause swelling and inflammation of the
nerve to occur. The reason for the abnormal foot
motion to start with is typically due to
Inheritance. Neuromas can also be
caused by improper fitting shoes
and injury to the nerve.
Non-surgical treatment for neuroma includes, nerve blocks, padding and strappings, and
Physical Therapy which decreases
the irritation and
swelling of the nerve.
Orthotics are also a common treatment. They are
custom made inserts for your shoes which accomplish
the most important therapy -- which is the
stabilizing of the metatarsal bones which prevents
the choking or irritation of the nerve. Morton's Toe is a common reason for this choking or irritation.
At the Ambulatory Foot Clinic we have available many
non-surgical treatments for neuroma that
give long lasting relief. Surgery should always
be a last resort, but if needed it is done right in the
comfort and privacy of our clinic, using state of the
art minimal traumatic techniques.
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