Do you regularly experience pain in the ball of your foot? Does it always feel like you have a pebble in your shoe? If so, a benign growth known as neuroma may be to blame. Aldo M. Gonzalez, DPM, can help He regularly diagnoses and treats patients with neuromas at Ankle and Foot Center of Florida, in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. Make your appointment today by calling or clicking the booking tool.
A neuroma is a benign growth of nerve tissue between your third and fourth toes that is sometimes referred to as a pinched nerve or nerve tumor. The most common neuroma is Morton’s neuroma, which affects the ball of the foot.
If you have a neuroma, you may experience pain between your toes or in the ball of your foot while walking. It’s also common to experience brief periods of relief if you stop moving, take off your shoes, or rub your foot.
Neuromas don’t present any outward signs like bumps or bruises. The most common symptom of a neuroma is sharp, shooting pain in the ball of your foot. Other telltale signs include:
You may also feel like something is stuck inside the ball of your foot like a thorn or ball bearing.
Researchers aren’t entirely sure what causes neuromas, but irritation or damage to the nerves in your feet is thought to play a role. There are other factors that can also increase your risk, including:
If you’re an athlete who runs or plays a high impact sport like soccer or basketball, you’re also at a higher risk of developing a neuroma.
Dr. Gonzalez diagnoses neuromas by performing a thorough exam of your foot, reviewing your medical history, and asking about the symptoms you’re experiencing. Dr. Gonzalez may also order a series of X-rays to get a better look at the structure of your feet.
Treatment for a neuroma depends on the nature and severity of your symptoms. Whenever possible, Dr. Gonzalez recommends lifestyle changes like wearing more comfortable footwear and participating in regular foot-stretching exercises. If these treatments don’t provide relief, Dr. Gonzalez can administer corticosteroid injections to ease inflammation and pain.
In rare instances, surgical intervention may be necessary. Dr. Gonzalez only recommends surgery if your symptoms persist for longer than nine months. During neuroma surgery, Dr. Gonzalez removes pressure on the affected nerve by cutting the surrounding ligaments and fibrous tissue.
The sooner you get treatment for a neuroma, the better. Call or use the online booking tool to make your appointment at Ankle and Foot Center of Florida today.