Find out more about this painful foot condition and how to treat it.
You’ve been dealing with tingling, burning and pain near the ball of your foot and our Manchester, CT, podiatrist, Dr. Donna Boccelli, just told you that you have a neuroma. What is a neuroma? How did it happen and will it go away? Take a deep breath. We are here to answer all of your questions.
What is a neuroma?
A neuroma is a benign growth that develops on one of the nerves near the base of the toes and between the toes (often the third and fourth toes). As you might imagine, this growth can cause pain, tingling, swelling and burning in between the toes and also at the base of the foot. Standing or walking on the foot may exacerbate your symptoms, but you may find relief when you are off your feet or not wearing shoes. While anyone can develop neuromas, women are often more likely than men to experience this foot condition.
What are the causes?
If you are someone who just can’t get enough of those high heels and wear them often then you may find yourself dealing with a neuroma at some point during your lifetime. Along with poorly fitted footwear, if you’ve ever had direct trauma to the foot then this could also damage the nerves of the foot.
Structural imbalances in the foot are also to blame for a variety of foot problems from bunions to heel pain, and neuromas are just another condition that can result from biomechanical problems within the foot.
Can a neuroma be treated?
In most cases, your symptoms can be managed with simple, conservative options, such as:
- Avoiding shoes that put too much pressure on your toes or don’t give your toes room to move around
- Avoiding shoes that have heels that are over 2 inches
- Only wearing shoes that provide enough support and shock absorption (our Manchester foot doctor can offer up some great footwear suggestions)
- Resting the foot regularly throughout the day
- Foot massages, which can ease pain and discomfort
- Using protective padding or orthotics to provide additional support for the soles of the feet
- Taking over-the-counter pain relievers
It’s important to turn to us at the first signs of a neuroma, especially because there are other foot problems out there that can cause these same symptoms. It’s important that we provide you with a proper diagnosis so that we know that the treatment to which you are adhering will provide you with the optimum relief.
If you are dealing with foot pain or other issues right here in Manchester, CT, and you aren’t sure what’s going on, then it’s the perfect time to turn to the foot specialists at Podiatry Center of Eastern Connecticut for the answers you’ve been looking for.