Neuromas are commonly called "pinched nerves." In the foot, a thickening of nerve tissue commonly occurs at the base of the third and fourth toes in the ball of the foot. It is typically the result of compression and irritation of the nerve, which creates swelling and can eventually lead to permanent nerve damage. Anything that causes compression or irritation of the nerve can lead to the development of a neuroma. Symptoms may go away temporarily by massaging the foot, but over time they progressively worsen and may persist for several days or weeks. If the neuroma enlarges, it may require surgery, which involves removing the inflamed tissues surrounding the painful nerve.
If you suffer from sharp pain, numbness, or a burning feeling in your feet, a nerve condition may be the cause. These can result from wearing tight shoes, being on your feet too long at a time, or general medical conditions. Nerve conditions like neuromas can be tricky to diagnose, but as podiatrists, we're trained to identify them, relieve any pain they cause, and correct them whenever possible. There's no need to suffer…we can help at 299 Lincoln Street, Suite 202, Worcester. Call 508-757-4003 for an appointment.
HINT: Potential causes of neuromas are activities that involve repetitive irritation to the ball of the foot, such as running or participation in racquet sports.