Up to 1 in 3 people have a neuroma nerve tumor) –– a benign growth that causes pain in the ball of the foot. At Foot and Ankle Center, LLC, in Marrero, Louisiana, board-certified podiatrists and foot and ankle surgeons Catherine Hudson, DPM, Denise Elliott, DPM, and the team offer various treatments for neuromas, including corticosteroid injections, custom orthotics, and surgery. Call Foot and Ankle Center, LLC, today to receive neuroma treatment or book online.

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What is a neuroma?

A neuroma, sometimes called Morton’s neuroma, occurs when the nerve between two toe bones becomes inflamed. As the swelling worsens, you might experience pain in the bottom of your foot or between your toes.

If you have symptoms of a neuroma, it’s crucial to seek treatment. Intervention can keep the neuroma from growing and prevent permanent nerve damage (neuropathy).

What are the symptoms of a neuroma?

Neuroma symptoms include:

  • Pain that’s worse when standing on the balls of your feet
  • Tingling and numbness in your foot
  • Stinging or burning between your toes when you walk
  • The feeling there’s something stuck in your shoe or sock

Neuroma pain gets worse when wearing certain types of shoes, like high heels.

Who is at risk of experiencing a neuroma?

Anyone can experience a neuroma, but several factors can increase your risk, including:

  • Wearing tight-fitting shoes that crowd your toes
  • Playing sports that put pressure on the balls of your feet
  • Having an underlying medical condition, like bunions or hammertoes
  • Having an unusual foot shape or flat feet

If there’s pain in the ball of your foot and it lasts for more than a few days, even with at-home treatment, contact Foot and Ankle Center, LLC.

How is a neuroma diagnosed?

Your Foot and Ankle Center, LLC, provider reviews your medical records, asks about your symptoms, and examines your feet. They carefully feel for a mass between your toes and put mild pressure on the spaces between your toe bones to identify the location of your pain.

Your provider also orders X-rays, an ultrasound, or an MRI to rule out a stress fracture or arthritis.

How is a neuroma treated?

Treatment of a neuroma depends on its size, location, and severity of your symptoms. The Foot and Ankle Center, LLC, team usually recommends conservative and minimally invasive treatments, like:

  • Using an ice pack
  • Wearing shoe pads or custom orthotics
  • Wearing comfortable and supportive shoes
  • Resting and massaging your feet
  • Corticosteroid injections
  • Alcohol sclerosing injections
  • Local anesthetic injections

If your symptoms last for six months, even after conservative treatment, you may benefit from surgery. During neuroma surgery, your provider removes the tumor and damaged nerve tissue.

Call Foot and Ankle Center, LLC, today to learn more about the treatment of neuromas, or book your appointment online.