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Neuroma

Family Foot & Ankle Specialists

Podiatrists & Foot & Ankle Surgeons located in Greenville, TX & Rockwall, TX

Excessive pressure on the nerve in your foot causes it to become painfully thickened and inflamed, a condition known as a neuroma. If you struggle with neuroma pain, contact Steven Brancheau, DPM; Paul Brancheau, DPM; or Ryan Pinedo, DPM, at Family Foot & Ankle Specialists in Greenville and Rockwall, Texas, to get started on treatment. You can book an appointment through the website or you can call either office to schedule by phone.

Neuroma Q & A

What causes a neuroma?

You may hear it referred to as a benign tumor, but in reality, a neuroma is an abnormal thickening of nerve tissue. 

While neuromas can develop anywhere in your body, the most common type of neuroma, Morton’s neuroma, forms in the ball of your foot between your third and fourth toes.

Neuromas form as a result of too much pressure on your forefoot. For example, if you wear high heels daily, not only do you have to squeeze your toes into a snug or pointy toe box, you also wind up with added pressure on the ball of your foot. This irritates your nerve and causes it to thicken. 

Your risk of developing painful neuroma issues also increases due to:

  • Repetitive pressure, as with distance running
  • Foot deformities, including bunions or flat feet
  • Foot injury or trauma

It’s also common to develop neuromas if you work in an occupation that requires you to be on your feet for hours at a time. 

When should I contact a podiatrist for neuroma pain?

The team at Family Foot & Ankle Specialists can help you recover from neuroma pain, so you can get back to your regular activities. They encourage you to book a neuroma exam if you’re noticing any of the following issues:

  • The sensation of a pebble in your shoe
  • Numbness or tingling pains
  • Swelling between your toes

In most cases, the pain you experience with a neuroma worsens when you bear weight on your foot, although some discomfort may be present all the time. 

How does a podiatrist treat a neuroma?

Even though a neuroma makes it feel like something is stuck in your shoe or that your sock is bunched up, no outward bump or lump exists. It’s just the inner nerve inflammation that you’re noticing. 

Depending on the severity of your neuroma symptoms, your podiatrist may recommend:

  • Custom orthotic inserts
  • Activity modifications
  • Footwear changes
  • Injection therapy 
  • Regular icing
  • Padding 

If these conservative treatments aren’t effective, your podiatrist might recommend surgery. The team at Family Foot & Ankle Specialists conducts minimally invasive neuroma procedures to cut into surrounding structures and make more room for your inflamed nerve. Neuroma surgery is known to be highly effective for severe neuroma discomfort. 

If you have neuroma pain, contact Family Foot & Ankle Specialists for an evaluation today. Click on the online scheduler or call the clinic nearest you to book a visit.