Getting Relief from Painful Neuromas

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If you are experiencing pain in the ball of your foot and it feels like you are walking with a rock in your shoe, you may have a neuroma. This condition occurs when a benign growth of nerve tissue develops on the underside of your foot, usually between the third and fourth toes. At FL Foot Health, we want to help patients with this podiatric problem get relief.

Causes and Symptoms

In addition to pain in the forefoot, neuromas can cause tingling and numbness in the ball of the foot and also swelling between the toes. There are a number of factors that can contribute to the development of a neuroma. These include:

  • Trauma or injury to the foot

  • Biomechanical defects such as flat feet or high arches

  • Improper footwear

  • Repetitive stress to the forefoot due to an occupation or activity

Treatment Options

The first step to relieving the pain and discomfort of a neuroma is getting an examination by your podiatrist. Don’t have a podiatrist? Find a qualified one in your area using our online directory. Depending on the severity of the neuroma, the podiatrist may choose one or more of the following treatment options:

  • Medication—anti-inflammatory drugs and cortisone injections may be prescribed to reduce pain and inflammation

  • Padding and taping—padding may relieve the pain and even change the function of the foot to alleviate symptoms.

  • Orthotic devices—custom shoe inserts can help correct a biomechanical problem that is causing a neuroma.

  • Surgery

In addition, there are several steps you can take to lessen pain and discomfort and allow the neuroma to heal. These include:

  • Choose shoes with roomy toe boxes and laces or buckles that allow you to adjust the width of the shoe for comfort.

  • Avoid high heels. These put an excessive amount of stress on the ball of the foot.

  • Wear footwear that has thick, shock-absorbing soles and/or over-the-counter pads to protect and reduce pressure on the neuroma.

  • Ice the foot to help decrease pain and swelling.

  • Massage the affected area to temporarily relieve pain.

  • Rest the foot by staying off of it for a period of time.

To learn more about neuromas or other foot and ankle conditions, contact us.