A neuroma of the foot is a painful condition, also known as a pinched nerve or nerve tumor. It is characterized by pain in the ball of the foot, burning or tingling, and some cramping. The neuroma usually develops between the 3rd and 4th toes, causing difficulty walking for long periods. The cause of neuromas is unclear, but certain factors can be connected to their development. Biomechanical difficulties, such as flat feet and high arches, bring on instability to the toe joints that may lead to a neuroma. Direct trauma to the foot can damage the nerve and cause inflammation and swelling. Wearing high-heeled shoes that squeeze the toes can lead to increased pressure on the nerves near the ball of the foot. Finally, repeated stress on the bottom of the feet can create or aggravate a neuroma. If you are experiencing pain in the toes, tingling and numbness in the ball of the foot, swelling, and pain in the ball of the foot when bearing weight, it may indicate a neuroma. Please consult a podiatrist as soon as possible for a diagnosis and treatment options.
Foot pain can be extremely painful and debilitating. If you have foot pain, consult with one of our podiatrists from The Foot and Ankle Associates of North Carolina, PLLC. Our doctors will assess your condition and provide you with quality treatment.
Foot pain is a very broad condition that could be caused by one or more ailments. The most common include:
- Plantar Fasciitis
- Bone Spurs
- Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome
- Ingrown Toenails
- Arthritis (such as Gout, Rheumatoid, and Osteoarthritis)
- Flat Feet
- Injury (from stress fractures, broken bones, and sprains)
- And more
To figure out the cause of foot pain, podiatrists utilize several different methods. This can range from simple visual inspections and sensation tests to X-rays and MRI scans. Prior medical history, family medical history, and any recent physical traumatic events will all be taken into consideration for a proper diagnosis.
Treatment depends upon the cause of the foot pain. Whether it is resting, staying off the foot, or having surgery; podiatrists have a number of treatment options available for foot pain.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our offices located in Ahoskie, Durham, Raleigh, and Rocky Mount, NC. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.