A neuroma is a painful condition, also referred to as a “pinched nerve” or a nerve tumor. It is a benign growth of nerve tissue frequently found between the third and fourth toes. It brings on pain, a burning sensation, tingling, or numbness between the toes and in the ball of the foot.
Although the exact cause for this condition is unclear, a number of factors can contribute to the formation of a neuroma:
The symptoms of a neuroma include the following:
Podiatric medical care should be sought at the first sign of pain or discomfort. If left untreated, neuromas tend to get worse.
For simple, undeveloped neuromas, a pair of thick-soled shoes with a wide toe box is often adequate treatment to relieve symptoms, allowing the condition to diminish on its own. For more severe conditions, however, additional treatment may be necessary that may include padding and taping of the area, anti-inflammatory medication and cortisone injections, or custom orthotics. If neuroma progresses despite the treatment podiatric surgery may become necessary. The procedure, which removes the inflamed and enlarged nerve, can usually be conducted on an outpatient basis, with a recovery time that is often just a few weeks.
Neuritis can occur anywhere in the body. Podiatrists can treat neuritis in your foot – it can occur in your heel, toes, and metatarsal (ball of foot) area. Neuritis is an inflammation of the nerves in your foot. This inflammation can have many possible causes, such as an injury, an infection, a vitamin deficiency, or damage to the vessels that supply blood to the nerve. A biomechanical problem can put pressure on or damage a nerve. The symptoms can be similar to those of peripheral neuropathy; tingling, burning “pins and needles” pain, and even numbness. Treatment of neuritis starts with figuring out what the exact cause of your pain is. Treatment options can include custom orthotics, diet changes/supplements, medication, and cortisone injections.