What is a Neuroma?
By Reston Podiatry Associates, LTD.
September 10, 2019
Category: Foot Conditions
Tags: Neuroma  

A neuroma is a condition affecting the toes or feet that is often associated with a tingling or burning sensation. Other symptoms include Neuromanumbness, a feeling of thickness, or pain in the ball of the foot. There can be different types of neuromas, but most are caused by tissues rubbing against a benign growth of nerves in the toes or feet, which can cause irritation. A podiatrist can recommend an appropriate treatment for the type of neuroma you have. The professionals at Reston, Manassas, and Leesburg Foot and Ankle Centers are your Reston, Manassas, and Leesburg, VA, podiatrists for the treatment of a neuroma.

Morton’s Neuroma

Morton’s neuroma is a specific type of neuroma that most often develops between the third and fourth toes. With this type of neuroma, there is a thickening of the tissues surrounding the nerves that lead to the third and fourth toes. Morton’s neuroma tends to develop as a result of irritation caused by wearing shoes with high heels or that are too narrow. Trauma to the foot can also cause Morton’s neuroma. Common symptoms of Morton’s neuroma include numbness in the toes and a burning pain radiating from the ball of the foot to the toes.

Treatments for Neuroma

There are a few different methods for treating neuroma. The right treatment for you might depend on the specific type of neuroma you have or the particular symptoms you are experiencing. Your Reston, VA podiatrist, could recommend an appropriate treatment for you. Treatments for neuroma include:

  • Wearing orthotic shoe inserts to reduce pressure on the nerves
  • Cortisone injections to reduce inflammation and swelling
  • Alcohol sclerosing injections to reduce or eliminate the pain
  • Surgical removal of the benign growth of nerves

Other measures that can be taken to alleviate the pain or discomfort caused by neuroma involve wearing footwear that will not aggravate the condition. For some patients that could mean wearing roomier shoes or shoes with lower heels. Corrective footwear can also be helpful for minimizing irritation, pain, and discomfort.

If you are experiencing the symptoms of neuroma, such as numbness or a sensation of tingling or burning, professional treatments are available. A podiatrist at Reston, Manassas, and Leesburg Foot and Ankle Centers can recommend the right treatment for you. To schedule an appointment with a podiatrist in Reston, VA, call (703) 437-6333. Appointments are also available at our Manassas and Leesburg locations. For the Manassas office, call (703) 368-7166. For the Leesburg location, call (703) 777-2101.