If it feels like your sock is always bunched up or that you regularly have a pebble in your shoe, even though everything is fine, chances are, you have a neuroma. If left untreated, neuromas can lead to chronic stabbing pains, so the board-certified podiatrists provide highly effective treatments at About Feet Podiatry Center in Exton, Pennsylvania. Find out which innovative neuroma treatments are right for you by booking an exam through the website or by calling to speak with a team member directly.
Neuromas, which are usually known as benign tumors, are actually small patches of inflamed nerve tissue that commonly form on the bottom of your foot between your third and fourth toe (a condition known as Morton’s neuroma). Usually, this nerve tissue becomes inflamed because of excessive pressure on your forefoot caused by high heels, pointy, or snug-fitting shoes.
But nerve tissue can also become inflamed because of having:
No matter what’s causing your neuroma, it’s important to get started on treatment as soon as your symptoms begin. Otherwise, your neuroma may worsen, which can cause you to change the way you walk or limit the amount of walking you can do.
Neuromas tend to make it feel like you have something stuck in your shoe, like a stone, pebble, or even bunched-up sock. Though you may feel like there’s a lump, neuromas don’t cause any outward signs. Your neuromas may also lead to:
Most of these issues affect your forefoot and the ball of your foot, but if you start having to change your gait, you may also experience secondary pain, including heel and ankle discomfort. In any case, the foot and ankle experts at About Feet Podiatry Center can help get you started on a pain-relieving treatment right away.
In most cases, the podiatrists at About Feet Podiatry Center treat neuromas effectively without surgery. Conservative neuroma treatment approaches include:
But if conservative measures fail or if you have debilitating neuroma pain, your podiatrist might recommend surgery. Neuroma procedures involve making an incision on the top of your foot, right above your neuroma.
Your podiatrist can either cut into surrounding structures to make more room for the inflamed nerve or remove the affected nerve altogether. About Feet Podiatry Center has two on-site surgical rooms, so your dedicated podiatrist can perform your neuroma procedure in a state-of-the-art outpatient setting.
Before your neuromas start causing another day of pain, contact About Feet Podiatry Center to get started on treatment. Book your neuroma exam online or over the phone today.