United Foot & Ankle
Podiatrists located in East Brunswick, NJ, Keyport, NJ, Somerset, NJ, Perth Amboy, NJ, Bayonne, NJ, & Old Bridge, NJ
If an ongoing sensation of a stuck pebble in your shoe sounds familiar, you likely have a neuroma. Since neuromas can lead to unbearable burning, stinging, and electrical sensations, the podiatry team at United Foot & Ankle, with locations in East Brunswick, Keyport, Perth Amboy, Somerset, and Bayonne, New Jersey, provide innovative treatment solutions. Find out more by booking a neuroma exam through the website or by calling any clinic location to speak with a team member.
What are the symptoms of a neuroma?
Neuroma sufferers often complain of something being stuck in their shoe, like a small rock or bunched sock. But in reality, nothing physical is causing the uncomfortable sensations. Instead, it’s usually a neuroma that’s to blame. If you have a neuroma, it can lead to:
Most of these issues occur along the bottom of your forefoot, right between your third and fourth toes. Though many types of neuromas exist, this type of neuroma in the ball of your foot, called Morton’s neuroma, is generally the most common.
How does a neuroma form?
The abnormal sensations of having a foreign object stuck in your shoe stems from nerve inflammation. Although neuromas are often nicknamed “benign tumors,” they aren’t actually growths. They’re patches of thickened nerve tissue that’s heavily inflamed and irritated.
The podiatrists at United Foot & Ankle link several issues to neuroma development, including:
- Tight shoes or high heels that put pressure on your forefoot
- High arches or flat feet
- A foot injury or trauma
You may even struggle with neuroma pain because of repeated stress on your foot. This excess stress happens if you’re on your feet all day or need to stand or walk on hard surfaces. Even participating in some sports, like distance running, can increase your risk of a neuroma. No matter the cause, the team at United Foot & Ankle can help.
What is the best treatment for a neuroma?
Your neuroma treatment plan from United Foot & Ankle generally begins with conservative therapies to relieve pressure on the affected nerve. It’s beneficial to:
- Wear roomier footwear
- Avoid wearing high heels over two inches
- Get fitted for custom-designed orthotics
- Learn massage techniques to alleviate pain
- Take nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)
As your nerve begins to heal, generally, neuroma symptoms resolve. If they don’t, your podiatrist at United Foot & Ankle may recommend a minor surgical procedure to make more room for the nerve by cutting into nearby structures. They can also remove the nerve entirely.
Before suffering from neuroma pain another day, contact United Foot & Ankle to get started on treatment. Book your neuroma exam online or over the phone with the office nearest you today.
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