A neuroma is an inflamed nerve that is caused by a compression or trauma. The most common neuroma of the foot is a Morton's neuroma, which occurs between the third and fourth toes, but neuromas can occur in other locations in the foot as well.
Anything that causes compression or irritation of the nerve can lead to the development of a neuroma. A puncture wound or laceration that injures the nerve can also cause a neuroma to form. These types of neuromas are referred to as traumatic neuromas. Neuromas can also occur following a surgery that may result in the cutting of a nerve. People with certain foot deformities such as bunions, hammertoes, flatfeet or more flexible feet or anyone that participates in repetitive activities such as running or court sports are at a higher risk for developing a neuroma.
If you have a neuroma, you may experience one or more of the following symptoms:
-Tingling, burning and/or numbness in the foot and toes
-Pain when walking
-A sensation of walking on a lump or something being inside the ball of the foot
If you are experiencing any of the above symptoms, don't hesitate to come in to see us. A physical examination will be performed and tests or imaging studies will be done if necessary. Early diagnosis greatly lessens the need for more invasive treatments and may help avoid surgery, so see us as soon as your symptoms begin.
To help decrease the pain, try some of the following tips:
-Stay off your foot as much as possible to decrease the swelling.
-Avoid activities that aggravate the pain such as climbing stairs or walking hills.
-Wear low-heeled shoes or flat shoes when possible.
-Ice the ball of the foot for 20 minutes once or twice a day to decrease pain and swelling.
We have urgent care available so please contact us at (425) 391-8666 if you are experiencing foot pain.