Neuroma

Foot & Ankle Concepts, Inc. -  - Podiatry

Foot & Ankle Concepts, Inc.

Podiatry & Foot & Ankle Surgery located in Oxnard, Ventura, Santa Barbara, Camarillo, Palmdale, & Westlake Village, CA

If you’re feeling pain in between your toes, you may have a neuroma, which is a benign nerve tumor or “pinched nerve.” The specialists at Foot & Ankle Concepts Inc., with locations in Oxnard, Ventura, Santa Barbara, Camarillo, Palmdale, and Westlake Village, California, provide treatment to relieve your neuroma pain. Call today or schedule an appointment using the online booking button.

Neuroma Q & A

What is a neuroma?

A neuroma is a growth of irritated and inflamed nerve tissue that often occurs between the third and fourth toe and causes pain, most often when you’re walking. It’s also referred to as a “pinched nerve” or a nerve tumor.

If you have a neuroma, you may find that the pain stops when you stop walking or when you rub your foot. Neuromas affect women more often than men.

What are the symptoms of a neuroma?

Many people with a neuroma report that it feels like they’re walking with a pebble stuck in their shoe. Other common symptoms include:

  • Pain in between your toes
  • Swelling in between your toes
  • Tingling or numbness in the ball of your foot
  • Pain in the ball of your foot when you place weight on it

If you’re experiencing these symptoms, you should schedule an appointment with one of the specialists at Foot & Ankle Concepts Inc. for an evaluation. A neuroma can get worse without treatment.

What causes a neuroma?

Doctors aren’t certain of the exact cause of a neuroma, but there are certain factors that may increase your risk of developing this nerve tumor. These factors include:

  • Foot deformities such as a high-arch or flat foot
  • Trauma to the foot
  • Repeated stress from your job
  • Wearing high-heeled shoes

The specialists at Foot & Ankle Concepts Inc. recommend you keep your heels to 2-inches or fewer and wear shoes with a wider toe box to reduce your risk of developing a neuroma.

How is a neuroma treated?

The team at Foot & Ankle Concepts Inc. takes a conservative approach to manage your neuroma. In fact, only 20% of the patients at Foot & Ankle Concepts Inc. with a neuroma require surgery.

Treatment may include:

  • Injections
  • Custom-made orthotics
  • Anti-inflammatory medication
  • Foot taping

Surgery is only considered when the conservative measures fail to improve your pain. During the surgical procedure, the surgeon removes the damaged and inflamed nerve. The procedure is done on an outpatient basis, and it may take a few weeks for you to fully recover.

For treatment of your neuroma, call Foot & Ankle Concepts Inc., or book an appointment at your preferred location online.