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A neuroma is a growth of tissue around or near a nerve that inhibits proper nerve function leading to numbness, tingling, and pain. The ball of the foot is a frequent location of debilitating neuromas. The pain and tingling can also radiate to the toes and other parts of the foot. A neuroma has the same symptoms as other conditions such as capsulitis, so be sure to see your foot doctor for the right diagnosis and proper treatment. A physical exam and ultrasound or imaging studies may be needed to pinpoint the location of the neuroma.
Properly fitted shoes and arch supports—Properly fitted shoes with the right arch supports will align the foot and decrease pressure on the affected nerves.
Orthotic inserts—Properly formed and placed custom orthotic shoe inserts are used to shift pressure away from the area to avoid further damage so that the nerve can heal.
Steroid treatments—Steroids injected into the area are very effective at eliminating pain and tingling but may have side effects.
Surgery—For growths that do not respond to conservative treatments, surgery may be required.
If you are experiencing numbness, tingling, and pain in your foot, you may have a foot neuroma so be sure to see your foot doctor for the proper diagnosis and treatment. Dr. Scott Nelson of Foot and Ankle Medical Clinic in Garland, TX (county of Dallas), is a board-certified and highly experienced podiatrist who has helped people suffering from all types of foot and ankle injuries and deformities. From bunions to diabetic foot problems, sports injuries and fungal nails, you can trust that Dr. Nelson and his staff are wholeheartedly devoted to your foot health. Please contact our office with any questions you may have or to schedule an appointment by calling 972-414-9800.