DESCRIPTION OF A NEUROMA
A neuroma is the swelling of nerve tissue that may develop in various parts of the body as a result of trauma, injury or compression. A Morton’s neuroma is the most common neuroma in the foot. It develops between the third and fourth toes. A Morton’s neuroma is also referred to as an “Intermetatarsal” neuroma. It is located in the ball of the foot by the metatarsal bones. Neuromas can also develop between the second and third toes.
WHAT DOES A NEUROMA FEEL LIKE?
Pain is intermittent, but can be aggravated when the nerve is pinched or swells. There may be a popping sensation when walking. People suffering with nerve damage may experience tingling, burning, or numbness. People report feeling that something is inside the ball of the foot. The symptoms may ease by removing the shoe and massaging the foot. Symptoms may also become more intense if the neuroma become larger or the nerve damage becomes permanent.
WHAT IS THE TREATMENT FOR A NEUROMA?
Cortisone injections are typically the first course of treatment. These injections help shrink the swelling of the nerve and relieve pressure. Cortisone injections may offer pain relief for several months. Ultimately, you want to prevent permanent nerve damage to the foot. If permanent nerve damage occurs options are much more limited. A person must either live with the pain or undergo surgery. A person experiencing neuroma should consult with a podiatrist.