If you play high impact sports or wear ill-fitting shoes with a narrow toe box, you’re also more likely to experience a neuroma. At Integrity Foot & Ankle Center, LLC, in Cumming, Georgia, board-certified podiatrist Patrick Qualtire, DPM, provides safe, effective treatment of neuromas using advanced techniques. To schedule an appointment, call the office and speak with a friendly team member or book a consultation online today.
A neuroma, or nerve tumor, is a benign growth that affects the nerve tissue between your third and fourth toes. When left untreated, a neuroma causes burning, tingling, or numbness in the ball of your foot and between your toes. These symptoms can make it difficult to walk the dog, run errands, or exercise.
Researchers and doctors aren’t entirely sure what causes a neuroma, but it’s thought that several factors play a role, including:
You’re also more likely to experience a neuroma if you participate in high impact physical activities like running, jumping, or dancing.
The symptoms of a neuroma vary and depend on the size of the growth.
Many people with neuromas experience pain or tingling in between their toes, swelling between their toes, and pain in the ball of the foot, especially after placing weight on it.
If you have a neuroma, you might also experience the sensation that there’s a pebble or other small object inside your shoe or sock.
To diagnose a neuroma, Dr. Qualtire reviews your medical history, asks about your symptoms, and conducts a physical exam. During your exam, he carefully observes your toes and the balls of your feet, gently applying pressure to test for areas of swelling or tenderness.
Afterward, Dr. Qualtire orders X-rays or an MRI. These diagnostic imaging procedures can pinpoint the underlying cause of your discomfort and assist in developing a custom care plan.
Whenever possible, Dr. Qualtire recommends preventive, conservative measures to treat neuromas. If you have a small, underdeveloped neuroma, you might benefit from wearing comfortable, padded shoes with a wide toe box.
If you have a larger neuroma, Dr. Qualtire might recommend taking anti-inflammatory medications or undergoing corticosteroid injections. You might also benefit from custom orthotics or padding and taping.
If your neuroma doesn’t respond to any of these measures, surgical intervention may be necessary. During neuroma surgery, Dr. Qualtire carefully removes the inflamed or enlarged nerve. The procedure is outpatient, meaning you can return home on the same day as your operation.
To schedule a neuroma appointment at Integrity Foot & Ankle Center, LLC, call the office to speak with a friendly team member, or book a consultation online today.