What is a neuroma?

A neuroma (on your foot) is a non-cancerous growth of nerve tissue that can most commonly be found between the third and fourth toes. It is accompanied by a tingling, burning or numb sensation between the toes and on the ball of your foot. Even though it is a common ailment, it can be extremely uncomfortable and painful. Usually the pain subsides once you stop moving around or when you give the affected area on your foot a quick massage. If you feel like you have a pinched nerve in your foot or feel like there’s an invisible rock you’re stepping on when you walk, you may have a neuroma. It is important that you make an appointment with your podiatrist immediately to get proper treatment.

What to do in the meantime

While waiting for your podiatrist appointment, here are a few things you can do to relieve the pain.

  1. Relieve the pressure – Although it is almost impossible to stay off of your feet, you can try to wear shoes that have better support and thicker soles that help absorb shock when walking. Wearing proper insoles inside your shoes can also be helpful.
  2. Stay off of the high heels – There’s a reason why most people who have neuromas are women. High heels place unnecessary pressure on your feet. Although you might not be able to avoid wearing them during very special occasions, you can definitely cut back on regular days. With neuromas, it’s especially important that you keep your heels under 2 inches.
  3. Massage and Ice – Placing ice on the affected area for a few minutes at a time and massaging can temporarily help the discomfort until you can get treatment.

Also keep in mind that neuromas may not be the only cause of your foot pain. It could be anything from a stress fracture to even cancer. Dr. Kenneth R. Wilhelm of Clifton Foot & Ankle Center has been treating neuromas and other foot and ankle ailments for over 17 years. If you have any questions call our Centreville, VA office at 703-996-3000 or make an appointment here.

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