If you suspect a neuroma because of foot pain, numbness, or tingling, board-certified podiatrists Hatim Burhani, DPM, FACFAS, and Siraj Panchbhaiya, DPM, FACFAS, and their team have solutions at Eastside Podiatry PLLC in St. Clair Shores and Fraser, Michigan. They offer conservative treatments, injections, surgical procedures, and more to provide relief. At the first sign of a neuroma, schedule an appointment by phone or online today.
Neuroma Q & A
What is a neuroma?
A neuroma, also known as a nerve tumor or pinched nerve, is a non-cancerous growth often located between your third and fourth toes. It can cause discomfort between your toes when you walk. Neuromas are more common among women than men. If you have a neuroma, treatment from the experts at Eastside Podiatry PLLC can offer you lasting relief.
What are the symptoms of neuromas?
If you have a neuroma, you might experience some of the following signs or symptoms:
- Foot pain
- Pain between your toes
- Discomfort in the ball of your foot
- Swelling between your toes
Discomfort associated with a neuroma can feel like you have a stone in your shoe. You might experience symptom relief if you take off your shoe, rub the affected area, or rest your foot.
What are the risk factors for neuromas?
The cause of neuromas isn’t entirely clear. Factors that may increase your risk of developing them include flat feet, a high arch in your feet, or toe joint instability. Repeated stress, improper footwear that squeezes the toes together, nerve damage, and other types of foot trauma also put you at risk.
How is a neuroma diagnosed?
To find out if you have a neuroma, your podiatrist discusses your symptoms and reviews your medical history. They examine your foot, place pressure on certain spots, and use X-rays, MRIs, or other imaging procedures to diagnose that cause of foot pain and develop a treatment plan.
How are neuromas treated?
The Eastside Podiatry team personalizes each neuroma treatment to match your specific needs. They might recommend:
Wearing the right shoes can prevent or reduce pain associated with a neuroma. Make sure your shoes have enough room so your toes don’t get compressed. Avoid narrow shoes and high-heeled shoes.
Wearing custom orthotics (shoe inserts) or using padding and taping can offer you symptom relief by relieving pressure on the nerves.
Anti-inflammatory medicines and injections help reduce inflammation, which can alleviate neuroma pain.
If neuroma pain doesn’t subside with conservative treatments, your podiatrist can surgically remove inflamed nerves or relieve nerve pressure by altering nearby tissues.
Don’t live with a painful neuroma when simple treatments are within reach. Book an appointment with the experts at Eastside Podiatry PLLC by phone or online today.