Foot pain, numbness, and tingling caused by neuromas can be frustrating and stop you from enjoying your favorite activities. To get relief, visit San Juan Foot and Ankle Center in Montrose and Delta, Colorado. Expert podiatrist and foot surgeon, Christopher O. Cook, DPM, FACFAS, offers conservative and surgical care for neuromas so you can get back on your feet — free of pain. Call or schedule a visit online now to learn about neuroma treatment options.
A neuroma is an area of thickened nerve tissue that can develop in different parts of the body. The most common type is a Morton’s neuroma, which occurs between the third and fourth toes. It may also be called an intermetatarsal neuroma due to its location between the metatarsal bones of your foot.
The nerve tissue thickens over time due to compression and irritation of the affected nerve. The compression can eventually become severe enough to cause permanent nerve damage if left untreated.
If you have a neuroma, you will likely experience some or all of the following symptoms:
In many cases, these symptoms occur gradually and may resolve when you remove your shoe or massage your foot. However, over time the symptoms can become more frequent or severe as the neuroma gets larger.
Neuromas can be caused by anything that puts pressure on the nerve. In most cases, Morton’s neuromas are caused by wearing shoes with a tapered toe box or high heeled-shoes that force the foot forward into the toe box.
You may also be at a higher risk if you have certain foot deformities, including bunions, hammertoes, flat feet, or more flexible feet. Another common cause is activities that repetitively irritate the nerve, like running and court sports. Trauma to the area is another cause.
Based on your exam and symptoms, your doctors determine the best combination of treatments to help you get relief. Conservative care for mild to moderate neuromas includes padding, orthotic devices, and shoe modifications. You may also need to modify your activities or use ice and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatories when the pain is bothering you.
If these noninvasive treatments aren’t enough to give you relief, your doctors may recommend injections of cortisone, local anesthetics, or other medications to reduce your discomfort. For cases that don’t resolve with conservative methods, Dr. Cook offers surgical treatment.
Get relief from neuroma pain with help from Dr. Cook at San Juan Foot and Ankle Center. Call or book an appointment online now to get back on your feet.