Neuromas can be a painful condition due to its effect on nerves in the foot. Our team of podiatrists, Anthony Benenati, DPM, Neil Shaw, DPM, Julie Mrozek, DPM and Adam Thompson, DPM, can treat this condition at the Benenati Foot & Ankle Care Centers at one of our three locations: Saint Clair Shores (586) 779-6140, Warren (586) 756-3338 and Macomb (586) 416-3668. Don’t forget to check out our Patient Education section to dive deeper into the foot and ankle world.
Neuromas are benign progressions of nerves that form between toes due to recurrent friction against each other. They cause minor to severe pain that can extend to the ball of the foot while feeling a sensation of numbness in the toes. This condition can have a higher chance of developing when:
- Weighty items fall on the toes.
- Severe trauma causes injury to nerves
To determine if the foot is suffering from this particular condition, ultrasound can be used to detect soft tissue complications. This is because it uses sound waves to generate images of it. MRI’s are more advanced and can also be used to detect the presence of this condition in those that don’t even have symptoms.
Symptoms of this condition include inflammation, the discomfort of the damaged nerve and a burning sensation in the feet. Preventative measures include avoiding blunt force to the toes. Treatment will involve utilizing properly fitted footwear with large toe boxes, placing orthotics to redistribute pressures placed on nerves in the foot and anti-inflammatories to reduce pain and swelling.
When the above treatments are not successful, surgery will be used to remove the nerve or to relieve pressure on the nerve by cutting nearby ligaments that hold bones in the front of the foot together. The potential side effect from this type of procedure can be a permanent numbness in the toes.
Neuromas can spiral out of control if not treated accordingly. Please contact us if your toes are starting to feel numb so that we can help get a grip on this condition before it gets a grip on you!