Neuromas are sometimes referred to as nerve tumors, but this condition is nearly always benign and is actually a thickening of a nerve due to irritation or inflammation. At Texas Foot Specialists, we often treat patients—usually women—for this condition that can cause a number of annoying symptoms, including:
Burning, numbness or an electrical tingling sensation in your toes or the ball of your foot
Pain in the ball of your foot, between two of your toes when walking or standing
Feeling like there’s a stone in your shoe
Neuromas are caused by compression or irritation of the nerve in the ball of the foot. It’s essential that you get your symptoms evaluated at our Sugar Land (281-242-4448), Pasadena (281-991-0600) or Houston (713-664-6677) office. In some cases, a neuroma will require surgery to correct. Our podiatrists, Dr. Bruce Miller and Dr. Gregory Mangum will examine your foot and determine the best way to relieve the pain and discomfort of your neuroma.
Fortunately, there are some ways that you can help prevent a neuroma from forming in the first place. These include:
1. Choose good shoes. Shoes with heels over 2 inches high and styles with narrow, pointy toe boxes that squeeze toes together can cause a neuroma to form. These designs place considerable strain on the forefoot and can lead to nerve damage. Look for styles that have a roomy toe box and thick, cushiony soles to absorb shock and protect the bottom of your foot.
2. Don’t put off getting foot pain evaluated. Certain biomechanical defects like overly high arches or flat feet can lead to neuromas. Getting the initial condition treated promptly may prevent neuromas down the road.
3. If you begin to experience pain in the ball of your foot, rest from the activities that seem to bring the pain on. You may need to switch to a different fitness or sports activity if you are doing a repetitive action that puts stress on the ball of your foot.
4. Invest in a cushioned mat. If your job requires long periods of standing on a hard surface, you may benefit from a thick, cushioned mat to help reduce the strain on your foot.