A neuroma is a painful nerve condition that often develops in the ball of your foot. Lee K. Gold, DPM, and Ignazio D. Perna, DPM, in Brighton, Livonia, Sterling Heights, Trenton, Taylor, and Troy, Michigan, offer expert diagnosis and treatments for a neuroma to relieve your pain and restore your mobility and quality of life. If you have pain in the ball of your foot or feel like you’re walking on a marble, call Dr. Gold or Dr. Perna, or schedule an appointment online today.
If you often feel like there is a rock or marble stuck in your shoe, or you have persistent pain in the ball of your foot, you may have a neuroma. Neuromas develop from thickened tissue that surrounds the nerves that extend through your feet. The tissue then forms a small growth that puts pressure on your nerve.
In most cases, neuromas develop between the metatarsal bones that lead to your third and fourth toes. You won’t see a bump, but you will most likely experience burning pain that extends from the ball of your foot to your toes. Your pain will intensify with activity or even from wearing shoes. You may also experience numbness or tingling in your toes.
Neuromas often develop in response to pressure or injury that irritates your nerves and the surrounding tissue. Women are more likely than men to develop a neuroma because of the pressure that high-heeled shoes put on the balls of your feet.
You may also develop a neuroma if you run or jog frequently or participate in a sport that requires tight shoes such as skiing or rock climbing.
Your risk of developing a neuroma also increases if you have another foot deformity such as a bunion, hammertoe, or abnormal arch.
Board-certified podiatrists Dr. Gold and Dr. Perna diagnose neuromas with a physical exam and diagnostic imaging studies. During your exam, your doctor asks about your symptoms, lifestyle, and overall health. They will feel your feet for a lump or tender spot and check for a clicking sensation between the bones of your foot.
Your doctor may also order a diagnostic imaging study such as an X-ray, MRI, or ultrasound to examine the bones and connective tissue of your foot in more detail.
Your doctor offers a customized treatment plan to relieve your painful symptoms and reduce the pressure on the nerve, allowing your foot to recover. Many patients benefit from a combination of treatments, such as physical therapy, orthotics, and medication.
If your neuroma is severe, you may need steroid injections to reduce inflammation or surgery to relieve pressure on your nerve.
If you’re concerned about foot pain or think you have a neuroma, call Dr. Gold or Dr. Perna, or make an appointment online today.