Imagine walking 5 miles in 3-inch Stilettos? If you have every strolled cross country in high heels…
A neuroma is characterized by the growth of nerve tissue between your toes. It is a painful condition that often causes a burning sensation or numbness between your toes, and sometimes in the ball of your foot. If you are experiencing any neuroma symptoms, contact Dr. Matt Ahmadi of Orange County Foot and Ankle. Early treatment is important in order to experience relief from the pain and discomfort. Some of the most common symptoms of neuromas are:
- Pain that worsens while walking
- A feeling similar to having a stone or rock in your shoe
- Swelling between the toes
You may notice that the pain and discomfort lessens when you stop walking, or if you rub the affected area. You should visit your podiatrist for any lingering foot pain, so that you can be evaluated for neuromas or other painful conditions.
What causes neuromas to develop?
The exact cause for a neuroma, also known as Morton’s neuroma, is not known. However, there are some factors that appear to contribute to the likelihood of developing them.
Certain foot deformities, like if you have no arches (flat feet) or high arches, can lead to neuroma symptoms and the development of the condition. This may be because these deformities make your toe joints unstable.
If you have been injured, the damage to the nerve can cause it to become swelled or inflamed. This is also true of repeated stress to your foot, which is common to some jobs that require repeated movements on your feet.
If you wear poorly fitting shoes, you may be more likely to develop a neuroma. Tight shoes, such as high heels, squeeze your toes together and increase pressure in that area of your foot.
Can I find relief for neuromas at home?
Surgery is not always necessary for neuromas. Your foot doctor might suggest ways that you can manage your neuroma symptoms at home. One of the first things you can try is changing your shoes. You should be wearing shoes that allow for plenty of room for your toes to move. The shoes should also have low heals and have either straps or laces that allow you to adjust the shoes’ width. The shoe soles should be thick and made with shock-absorbent material to help relieve pressure on your feet. Additionally, you should avoid tight shoes, like high heels, because they will just add to the strain and pressure on your feet.
Your foot doctor might recommend a certain type of shoe pads that you can get in the store to relieve pressure on your feet as well.
Finally, resting your feet and massaging the affected areas will offer temporary relief of pain. You can also try applying an ice pack for 20 minutes at a time to minimize pain. Dr. Matt Ahmadi may have further recommendations for you to try at home.
Dr. Ahmadi offers the most advanced state of the art techniques for pain-free surgical and non-surgical treatment of any foot and ankle pathology. His goal for each patient is painless and pleasing results with early return to activity.
Dr. Ahmadi offers services in a wide variety of foot and ankle deformities and pathology such as:
Diabetic Limb Salvage
- Neuroma Foot Surgery
- Custom Orthotic devices
- Failed Surgeries
- Foot & Ankle Fractures
- Sports Injuries
- Heel Pain
- Nail Disorders
- Ingrown Nails