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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.
A neuroma is a thickening of nerve tissue that can develop in various parts of your body. In the foot, the most common occurring neuroma develops at the base of the third and fourth toes. This condition is referred to as Morton's neuroma.
There are typically no physical signs of Morton's neuroma, such as a lump or a knot. Instead, symptoms may include:
- A sharp, achy or burning pain in the ball of your foot
- Numbness, tingling, or cramping in the toes or forefoot
- Feeling as if you're standing on a pebble in your shoe
While the exact cause of Morton's neuroma is unknown, the growth of the neuroma seems to occur in response to injury, pressure or irritation to one of the nerves that lead to the toes. People with certain foot deformities - bunions, hammertoes and flatfeet- are at higher risk for developing a neuroma. Women are also more likely to develop this condition as wearing high-heels or narrow-toed shoes can increase pressure on the toes. Other potential causes are activities that involve repetitive irritation to the ball of the foot, such as running.
Morton's neuroma can make walking and performing normal activities difficult and painful. Treatment options vary with the severity of each neuroma, and identifying the neuroma in its earliest stage of development is important to avoid more invasive treatments or surgical correction. Left untreated, neuromas tend to worsen, so it's always best to visit our Torrance office at the first sign of pain.
Early treatments aim to relieve or reduce pressure on the area around the affected toes. Depending on the severity of your neuroma, a podiatrist may recommend:
- Modifications to footwear. Wide-toed shoes relieve pressure on the neuroma.
- Shoe inserts or padding to provide support for the arch of the foot, which removes pressure from the nerve.
- Anti-inflammatory medications can help ease any pain and inflammation. Ask your doctor first.
- Icing to reduce inflammation.
- Rest to lessen repetitive pressure on the neuroma.
In the most severe cases, surgery may be recommended for patients who do not respond to conservative treatments. Precision Foot and Ankle Centers can help you determine the best approach for your specific condition.