Neuromas are enlarged, benign growths of nerves that develop in the ball of your foot, typically between your third and fourth toes. Since neuromas can lead to severe foot pain and tenderness, James Elipas, DPM, and John Flanagan, DPM, provide highly effective treatment solutions at Ankle & Foot Specialists in Chicago, Illinois. Before your neuroma pain affects you another day, schedule an evaluation at the Norwood Park office through the website or by phone.
The nerve thickening that occurs with neuromas stems from excessive pressure on your nerves. For instance, if you wear poorly fitting shoes daily — particularly high heels — much of your body weight lands on your forefoot, rather than spreading evenly across your foot.
This added pressure combined with squeezing your toes into a snug toe box irritates your nerves. Over time, nerves become enlarged and thicker in response to the added weight and pressure.
While improper footwear is a common culprit, underlying conditions can also lead to neuromas. If you have an abnormal foot structure or a prior foot injury, for instance, your risk of suffering from neuromas is greater.
One of the most common types of neuromas is the Morton’s neuroma, which affects the nerve between your third and fourth toes. Because neuromas lead to nerve thickening, when you put pressure on your forefoot, you may feel like there’s a lump or bump on the bottom of your forefoot.
Neuroma sufferers often explain that the sensation makes them feel like their sock is bunched up or that there’s a rock in their shoe. In reality though, nothing is there. Neuromas don’t even cause an outward bump.
Aside from the abnormal lump sensation, a neuroma can also lead to:
If you’re experiencing any of these neuroma-related issues, contact the leading podiatrists at Ankle & Foot Specialists for an evaluation. You can meet with a dedicated podiatrist who examines you to get to the root of your symptoms and helps you get started on pain-relieving neuroma treatments right away.
Ankle & Foot Specialists provides research-driven neuroma treatments for minor to severe neuroma issues. One of the first steps in resolving neuroma issues is evaluating your footwear.
Your podiatrist may spend time counseling you about your shoes and help you select footwear that meets your needs without putting a strain on your nerves.
The next step is designing a conservative treatment plan. Your podiatrist might recommend:
Neuroma surgery is the absolute last resort if these nonsurgical solutions aren’t effective. Your podiatrist at Ankle & Foot Specialists can perform a minimally invasive procedure to make more room for the nerve by cutting into surrounding structures. They can also remove the affected nerve entirely.
If neuromas cause you pain and discomfort, book an exam at Ankle & Foot Specialists today. Click the online scheduler or call to book a neuroma evaluation over the phone.