If you regularly experience pain in the ball of your foot, it could be due to a neuroma. Left unmanaged, neuromas can cause discomfort or a burning sensation between your third and fourth toes. The licensed foot and ankle specialists at Precision Podiatry, with three locations in the Round Rock, Cedar Park, and the River Place neighborhoods of Austin, Texas, regularly work with men and women to diagnose and treat pain caused by neuromas. If you suspect you have a neuroma, request an appointment at Precision Podiatry today by calling the office today.
A neuroma, also known as Morton’s neuroma, is a painful condition that causes a thickening of the tissue around one or more of the nerves leading to your toes. Over time, this may cause a tingling, burning, or stinging sensation in the ball of your foot.
Experts aren’t entirely sure what causes neuromas to form, but it’s thought that wearing high heels or other tight shoes may contribute to the problem. If you or a loved one regularly experience pain in the ball of your foot, make an appointment at Precision Podiatry as soon as possible.
Neuromas don’t present any visible outward symptoms, such as bumps or bruises. Instead, it’s common to experience:
If you have a neuroma, it might also feel like you have a pebble or piece of gravel stuck in your shoe.
Foot pain that lasts for more than a day or two isn’t normal. If your pain persists, even after conservative measures of care like ice and elevation, make an appointment at Precision Podiatry. This is particularly true if you experience a burning or sharp pain in the ball of your foot that doesn’t respond to rest or changing footwear.
To diagnose a neuroma, your Precision Podiatry provider reviews your medical history, asks you about your symptoms, and examines your foot. Your doctor also gently presses on the ball of your foot to feel for a mass or tender spot.
If a physical exam doesn’t provide enough information, your provider might also order a series of X-rays, an ultrasound, or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI).
Whenever possible, the team at Precision Podiatry uses conservative measures to treat pain caused by neuromas. For example, your doctor might recommend physical therapy, arch supports, or shoe inserts to reduce pressure on your nerve.
If conservative measures of care don’t provide relief, your doctor might recommend:
Neuroma surgery is usually an outpatient procedure, meaning you’re able to return home on the same day of your operation.
If you regularly experience pain in the ball of your foot and it’s not responding to conservative treatments, make a neuroma appointment at Precision Podiatry today by calling the office nearest you.