How to Treat Painful Foot Neuromas
Neuromas are often depicted as being a nerve tumor, but in reality, a foot neuroma is an inflammation of the tissue that is the vicinity of the nerves that supplies your toes with sensation. This inflammation interacts with the nerves causing a burning, tingling sensation. Most foot neuromas occur in the ball of the foot and the pain can radiate to the toes and other areas.
Diagnosing a foot neuroma can be difficult, so it is very important to contact your podiatrist for the proper care. Imaging studies will help to rule out other causes of your pain, such as a stress fracture. Sometimes your foot doctor can detect a neuroma during a physical examination augmented with an ultrasound image.
Treatment for foot neuromas consists of the following:
● Arch supports - Properly supporting the arch can shift your weight and decrease stress on the nerve, thereby stopping the discomfort
● Custom orthotic inserts - These are used to isolate the ball of the foot and other areas to remove the pressure from the nerve
● Corticosteroid injections - These drugs may be effective at eliminating pain but they may have side effects
● Surgical intervention - In severe cases, surgery may be required to remove the growth or nerve, but this can result in a loss of feeling, but that is preferable to constant pain.
If you suspect that you may have a foot neuroma, see your foot care professional for the best diagnosis and treatment. At Fit Feet for Life, our team of board-certified podiatrists has access to advanced technologies and years of experience to help diagnose and treat a variety of foot and ankle problems, including heel pain, sports injuries, toe deformities, nail fungus, and plantar warts. Bonnie Sanchez, DPM, and Gregory Cook, DPM, provide high-quality foot and ankle care to patients in the Tampa/St. Petersburg area at our five offices conveniently located in Sun City Center, Clearwater, St. Petersburg, and our two Tampa locations. Please contact us for more information or to schedule an appointment.