A common type of foot neuroma is called Morton’s neuroma and the condition is often described as the feeling that you have a pebble in your shoe. The sensation occurs between the third and fourth metatarsal bones and is caused by a thickening of the tissue around a primary nerve that connects the toes to the spinal column.
The compressed nerve causes considerable pain and discomfort. Wearing high-heeled shoes like pumps is often a contributing cause, as is the repetitive stress and pressure from exercise and overuse.
A foot neuroma can usually be successfully treated with conservative measures that may include the following 3 treatments:
- Wearing properly fitted shoes with a wide toe box—Properly fitted shoes with a low heel cup and wide toe box will relieve pressure on the ball of the foot and allow the damaged nerve to heal.
- Using custom made orthotic shoe inserts—Orthotic shoe inserts can be used to lift and separate the metatarsal bones thereby reducing the pressure on the nerve.
- Anabolic steroid treatment—Steroids can be injected into the area and will immediately decrease inflammation and relieve pressure on the nerve, but there may be side effects that you should discuss with your foot doctor.
Neuromae that are not properly treated will continue to worsen to the point where even permanent, irreversible damage may occur. Also, be aware that pain in the ball of your foot can be caused by other conditions including arthritis or a stress fracture, which is why you need to see your foot doctor for the correct diagnosis and proper treatment
If you are concerned that you may be experiencing a foot neuroma, making an appointment with your foot doctor is the best way to receive the proper diagnosis and treatment. Call Syracuse Podiatry located in East Syracuse, New York. Dr. Ryan L. D’Amico, Dr. Kathleen Pyatak-Hugar and their staff will help you diagnose and treat your foot or ankle condition. Call 315-446-3668 or make an appointment online today.