If you feel like you’re standing on a pebble or experience a sharp, burning pain in the ball of your foot, a neuroma may be to blame. The skilled team at New Age Foot & Ankle Surgery diagnoses and treats neuromas at their two locations in Richmond and Farmville, Virginia. To find relief from a neuroma, call the nearest office today or request an appointment online.
A neuroma forms when part of your nerve tissue thickens. Neuromas can develop in various parts of your body. A Morton’s neuroma is the type that’s most likely to develop in your foot.
A Morton’s neuroma, also known as an intermetatarsal neuroma, occurs between your third and fourth toes. Neuromas can also develop in other areas of your foot.
You probably won’t notice any visible sign of a neuroma. Instead, you may experience symptoms such as:
Neuroma symptoms usually begin gradually and may even subside temporarily when you remove your shoes or massage your foot.
Anything that causes nerve compression or irritation can lead to the development of a neuroma. Wearing shoes with high heels or a tapered toe box is a common cause of neuromas. Sports that require wearing tight footwear like ski boots and rock climbing shoes also increase your risk for a neuroma.
Additionally, repetitive high-impact activities like running and jogging can put excess strain on your foot, increasing your chances of getting a neuroma. Certain foot deformities, including flat feet, bunions, and hammertoes, can also increase your risk.
First, the team at New Age Foot & Ankle Surgery examines your foot and thoroughly reviews your symptoms. They may put pressure on your foot to try to reproduce the pain and symptoms.
They may also take X-rays to rule out other conditions that may cause your symptoms, such as a stress fracture or arthritis.
The team at New Age Foot & Ankle Surgery recommends the best course of treatment for you. Depending on the severity of your condition, neuroma treatment may include:
If nonsurgical treatment isn’t effective, the team at New Age Foot & Ankle Surgery may recommend a surgical treatment like decompression surgery or nerve removal.
For expertise in treating neuromas, call New Age Foot & Ankle Surgery or request an appointment online today.