What is a Neuroma?
Do you often think that you have a pebble in your shoe but can't find anything when you remove your shoe? You may have a neuroma, a condition that causes pain in the ball of your foot or your toes. Dr. Eric Feit and associates at Precision Foot and Ankle Centers offer treatment for neuromas pain and a variety of other foot and ankle conditions. They have office locations in Torrance, San Pedro, and Downtown Los Angeles.
How do neuromas develop?
Neuromas occur when the tissues surrounding a nerve thicken. They often form around the nerve that serves your third and fourth toes. You may be more likely to experience a neuroma if you injured your foot, wear tight shoes or high heels regularly, have flat feet or high arches, or jog or run. Women are more likely to get neuromas than men.
What are the symptoms of a neuroma?
The pebble-in-the-shoe sensation isn't the only symptom you may experience if you have a neuroma. You may also notice one or more of these symptoms:
- Burning between your toes or in the ball of your foot
- Increased pain when you stand on your tiptoes, put pressure on the ball of your foot or push off when you run
- Numbness or tingling in the ball of your foot or your toes
How are neuromas treated?
Wearing low-heeled shoes that provide plenty of cushioning and room for the front of your foot may help reduce your pain, as can shoe pads that reduce pressure on the neuroma. Ice and over-the-counter pain relievers may also be helpful.
If treating your neuroma at home doesn't help, our foot specialists can offer several effective treatments, including:
- Cortisone injections or prescription anti-inflammatory medications for pain relief
- Alcohol Injections which includes a series of 3-7 injections every 7-10 days. This helps to kill the affected nerve and alleviate pain. This prevents the need for surgery in more than 50% of patients.
- Orthotics, padding or taping to realign your foot
- Surgery to release your nerve or remove part of it if other treatment methods don't help.
Are you concerned that you may have a neuroma? Schedule an appointment with the podiatrists at Precision Foot and Ankle Centers by calling (310) 791-1092 for the Torrance, CA, office, (310) 548-3311 for the San Pedro office, or (213) 747-7272 for the Los Angeles office.