A neuroma is a pinched nerve, or a nerve tumor that can be very painful. It is a benign growth of nerve tissue that is usually found between the third and fourth toes.
The neuroma is usually painful while walking. The pain is usually isolated to the third and fourth toes but can occur between other toes as well. An individual suffering from a neuroma can find relief once they remove their shoes and massage the area. Women usually develop neuromas more often then men due to ill fitted shoes.
- Biomechanical issues such as a flat foot or a very high arch. These foot types cause instability around the joints that can lead to a neuroma.
- Trauma that damages the nerve causing swelling and inflammation of the nerve.
- Ill fitting shoes such as high heels that squeeze the toes together and put pressure on the forefoot.
- Numbness and tingling in the balls of the feet.
- Pain and swelling in the forefoot and between the toes.
- Pain in the ball of the foot when weight is placed on the area.
- Wearing proper footwear that has enough room in the ball of the foot and does not have a high heel.
- Resting and massaging the area to relieve the pain
- Custom made orthotics to help control foot function and relieve pressure of the ball of the foot.
- Cortisone injections.
- Anti-inflammatory drugs.
- Surgery if conservative therapy is not effective.
For more information on neuromas, or to book an assessment, please call Ontario Foot & Orthotics at (905)878-6479 or visit us at www.ontariofoot.ca.