Midwest Foot & Ankle Associates
Biren Shah, DPM
Foot and Ankle Surgeon & Podiatrist located in Rockford, IL
If you always feel like you’re stepping on a pebble, even when there’s nothing under your foot, you may have a neuroma. The podiatrists at Midwest Foot and Ankle Associates in Rockford, Illinois, are experts at identifying and treating neuromas. You’ll be walking pain-free in no time when you put your feet in the capable hands of Biren Shah, DPM. Call or go online to make an appointment with a foot and ankle specialist.
Neuroma Q & A
What is a neuroma?
A neuroma is a benign growth of nerve tissue usually situated between the third and fourth toes. The thickened nerve tissue usually causes pain each time you take a step.
Other symptoms of neuroma include:
- Sensation of stepping on a pebble
- Swelling between the toes
- Stinging or burning in the ball of the foot
- Tingling and numbness between the toes
If you notice these symptoms and they don’t go away after a few days, you should check in with Dr. Shah.
What causes neuromas?
The exact cause of neuromas is difficult to identify. The nerves in your feet are affected by foot mechanics, pressure on the foot, instability, and other factors. The following conditions can also contribute:
- Foot abnormalities, such as flat feet or high arches
- Trauma to the foot, especially inflammation and swelling
- Improper footwear, such as tight shoes and high heels
- Occupations and activities that put repeated stress on the feet
How are neuromas diagnosed?
Dr. Shah begins the diagnosis process with a full medical history and discussion about your symptoms. Then, he performs a physical examination, paying special attention to your feet.
After the exam, Dr. Shah may order further testing, such as X-rays, to rule out fractures. Usually, he can make a diagnosis based on the exam, but he may decide to order an ultrasound or MRI to get a better look at the soft tissues.
What treatment options are available for neuromas?
Neuromas don’t usually go away on their own. Symptoms may disappear or appear intermittently, so it’s important to seek help from a medical professional.
Dr. Shah may suggest padding, taping, inserts, or proper footwear to relieve pressure from minor neuromas. If those approaches don’t work or your condition is more severe, Dr. Shah may recommend Sclerosing Alcohol injections, cortisone injections or custom orthotics.
If conservative treatments don’t work or aren’t appropriate for you, Dr. Shah offers surgical treatment for neuromas. Surgery usually involves removing the inflamed nerve bundles.
Early treatment is imperative to prevent neuromas from worsening. If you recognize the symptoms of a neuroma, reach out to Midwest Foot and Ankle Associates online or over the phone.