A neuroma is a relatively common foot condition that is sometimes referred to as a “nerve tumor,” though a neuroma is a benign condition and will not spread to other areas of the body. A neuroma develops when nerve tissue grows between the toes, most often the third and fourth toes (Morton’s neuroma or metatarsal neuroma).
While anyone can develop a foot neuroma, women are especially at risk because high-heeled shoes can lead to nerve tissue thickening. Other causes can include nerve damage due to injury or prolonged stress on the foot due to ill-fitting shoes. The following pre-existing foot conditions can also contribute to the development of a neuroma:
- Fallen arches
- High arches
Foot Neuroma Symptoms
Anyone who has ever battled a neuroma knows that it can be a frustrating and debilitating condition, making it difficult to walk and exercise. The most common conditions include:
- Burning or stinging sensation in the toes and ball of the foot
- Pain in the ball of the foot
- Sharp pain between the toes when walking
- Tingling or numbness in the toes
Neuroma symptoms can be similar to those of other conditions affecting the feet such as peripheral neuropathy and diabetic neuropathy, which is why it’s extremely important to get an accurate diagnosis from a foot specialist. If a neuroma goes untreated, permanent nerve damage can occur.
Treatment for Neuroma in Grapevine & Keller
If you’re suffering from a neuroma, the experienced podiatrists at Texas Foot and Ankle Group can help. Our goal is to eliminate your pain and maximize your mobility by providing customized treatment plans for neuroma sufferers in Grapevine, Keller, and the surrounding areas. We will carefully evaluate your neuroma, which will include a physical exam and possibly diagnostic imaging tests such as an X-ray or MRI.
We will also listen carefully to the symptoms you’ve been experiencing and discuss any treatments you’ve already tried. If a neuroma is caught in its early stages, conservative treatments such as therapeutic shoes and physical therapy may prove effective. More advanced neuromas may require cortisone injections or surgery.
Don’t live with neuroma pain another day. Get the relief you deserve at Texas Foot and Ankle Group. Contact us today to make an appointment at one of our foot pain clinics in Grapevine or Keller.