While everyone can have various types of arches in the feet that place pressure on separate areas, the balls of the feet support a large amount of pressure as well. Part of the danger of a neuroma is that there will not really be any visible signs of damage. Thus, many people assume it is merely a minor ache that will go away in a day or two.
Understanding what a Neuroma Is
Other people will take store-bought painkillers to treat the pain, not realizing that the temporary relief is only masking the symptoms and not treating the actual issue. With our treatment, we can identify the symptoms of the neuroma, measure the extent of the pain and recommend treatment.
The longer you wait to seek treatment for a neuroma, the worse the pain will get.
Since many types of shoes close the toes of the feet together, people may forget that each toe has its own set of bones that connect to nerves, muscles and tissues in the foot. A neuroma involves the tissue around the nerve thickening and causing a sharp burning pain in the ball of the foot.
This can also create pain in the toes as well. The causes of a neuroma forming can vary per each patient but mainly revolve around the patient’s type of footwear and regular activity. With our treatment of a neuroma, we can help patients:
- Find long-lasting pain relief
- Identify the cause of the neuroma
- Learn methods and techniques to help prevent further risk of a neuroma recurring
- Relieve pressure caused by the neuroma
- Find the proper arch supports for their shoes
Symptoms and Causes
Since there are no external signs of a neuroma, patients need to measure how long the pain lasts for. If the pain continues for several days and seems to be getting worse, then it is important to seek professional treatment. While people are quick to assume rest and an ice pack are all they need, a neuroma will require professional treatment to treat.
Symptoms of neuroma include:
- Tingling, burning or numbness in the toes
- A burning pain in the ball of the foot, especially near the third and fourth toes
- The feeling of having a pebble stick into the foot in one’s shoe
One major cause of a neuroma is constant friction and irritation to one specific area of the body. Wearing high-heels or shoes that are too tight on a regular basis can also cause neuromas to form. Running on a regular basis without the proper gear can also cause repetitive trauma to the balls of the feet. Other causes of a neuroma can include already struggling with other foot deformities such as bunions or hammertoes.
In most cases, surgery will not be necessary. If the condition is severe, then surgery may be a viable option. However, we will attempt non-surgical options first. One of the main solutions for treating a neuroma is specific shoe inserts that support the arch. These foot pads slip into the shoe and create a new cushion of support to help take pressure off the area of the neuroma.
While over-the-counter shoe inserts are available in stores, we may need to prescribe a custom-made insert that will match the exact specifications of the patient’s foot. By scheduling an appointment with us, we can determine which option will be the most effective option for the patient’s needs.
Along with that, people need to avoid the activity that caused the neuroma in the first place. If certain high-heeled shoes are the main culprit, then the patient needs to wear something else. If the patient is always running or jogging, then they need to ensure they use the proper gear to avoid another neuroma forming in the future.
With our guidance and medical services, patients will be able to receive the treatment they need for a long-term recovery. We can also provide follow-up care to keep track of the patient’s condition and ensure their feet are healthy.
Seek Treatment Today
There is no reason to let a neuroma continue to make life difficult and keep you from living life to the fullest. If you are struggling with a neuroma or another foot issue, do not hesitate to give us a call. The longer you put off seeking treatment, the greater the chance the pain will worsen. Call and schedule an appointment today to begin the healing process and take the first steps toward a brighter future.
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