A foot neuroma forms in response to injury, soreness, and pressure on one of the nerves that extends into the metatarsal bones that connect to your toes. This often occurs between the third and fourth toes in the ball of the foot. Extreme pain and discomfort can make exercising, walking, and just standing up very difficult.

People who regularly wear high heeled or tight fitting shoes are more likely to have neuroma and other foot problems.

4 of the possible treatments for a foot neuroma consist of the following:

  • Rest and elevate the foot—Stop all strenuous activities to relieve stress and pressure on the ball of the foot to provide some relief to the nerve that is causing the problems. Raising your foot while resting will help decrease swelling.

  • Wear properly fitted shoes with custom orthotic inserts—Choose shoes that have a wide toe box to give enough space for your toes to move. This will also provide room for custom orthotics that can be used to direct pressure away from the ball of the foot.

  • Decrease swelling and pain—Ibuprofen or Tylenol may be used in moderation for pain relief and icing the ball of the foot will also help to reduce swelling.

  • Surgical treatment of the nerve—If conservative treatments are not working, surgery on the nerve to relieve the pressure may be necessary.

  • If you are having pain and discomfort in the ball of your foot, see your podiatrist to determine if you have a foot neuroma. Dr. Scott Nelson of Foot and Ankle Medical Clinic in Garland, TX, 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.

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