Neuromas are a swelling in or around the nerve at the bottom of the toe, which cause pain in between toes that can extend to the surface of the foot. This condition can be caused from routine activities such as walking or standing and can cause numbness and piercing pain. Our podiatrist, John Schilero, DPM, at the Palm Beach Orthopaedic Institute, can help provide you with quality treatment for this condition. Please contact us online, call us at 561-694-7776 EXT. 41 or visit us at our West Palm Beach, Jupiter, Wellington and Palm Beach Gardens, Florida locations to learn more about neuromas. Don’t forget to visit our Patient Education section for more information about neuromas.
Neuromas are a solidifying of the nerve that occurs in the internal area between the joints of the toes. Due to the forces of walking, standing and wearing shoes, sporadic pain can occur in the ball of the foot. Some patients also experience numbness in the toes or abrupt pain as a result of this condition. Neuromas can cause burning pain that radiates throughout the foot. The exact cause of neuromas is unclear. However, when the nerves on both sides of the toe joints are pinched, inflammation occurs, followed there after by thickening. Causes for neuromas can be lingering foot injuries such as severe sprains, complications such as bunions that can hamper mobility, genetic issues such as flat feet, bad-fitting shoes such as high-heeled shoes with narrow toe boxes, chronic issues such as arthritis or traumas that occur on a regular basis from routine activities such as daily running or jogging
Relief from the pain of this condition can be obtained by massaging the affected area, making sure that shoe laces are tied securely and have a wide toe box, use of padding, orthotics, anti-inflammatories to reduce swelling or even physical therapy to stimulate nerve activity. However, injectable anesthetics may be utilized for neuromas to more effectively lessen inflammation. Surgery will be an option for severe instances and will involve the removal of the nerve in question before it connects throughout the foot.