Neuromas are a force to be reckoned with since they cause abnormalities with nerve stimulation. They basically produce pain in the foot that appears as discomfort in the ball of your foot. This can also be a feeling of numbness, depending on how far the neuroma has developed. Neuromas are non-cancerous growths of nerves that are located between the toes. Severe trauma may also increase the chances of nerve damage to the feet, resulting in eventual swelling of those nerves. Symptoms may include random pain in the foot, numbness, burning, and pain that radiates back and forth between the toes.
Treatment for this condition includes:
- Use orthotics to lessen the amount of burden placed on the nerves.
- Take medications that minimize swelling such as cortisone injections.
- Use shoes that fit correctly and that leave plenty of room for the toes to move.
- Physical therapy will help to manage nerve pain.
- Medical procedures that use chemicals injected into the damaged nerve to destroy it are another form of treatment that may be sought when conservative methods do not work.
- Another form of treatment is the use of electricity to stimulate and shock the nerves. This method may be used when other treatments are not successful.
- Surgical procedures to remove offending nerves would be a last resort, but may be necessary if the pain caused by the neuroma is beyond less invasive treatments.
Contact us at Benenati Foot & Ankle Care Centers, located in Saint Clair Shores (586) 779-6140, Warren (586) 756-3338 and Macomb (586) 416-3668, MI. Our team of foot doctors, Anthony Benenati, DPM, Neil Shaw, DPM, Julie Mrozek, DPM and Adam Thompson, DPM will address the cause of your neuromas, work with you on preventative methods to stop them from occurring and treat your present neuromas with the latest techniques to eliminate the pain. Call our offices at any of the numbers provided above and look over our Patient Education library to learn more about what complications your feet can undergo from lack of proper care.