If you continually feel like there’s a rock stuck in your shoe but nothing comes out when you check, you may have a foot nerve condition called a neuroma. At Midwest Foot and Ankle Clinics in Hoffman Estates, Arlington Heights, and the Norwood Park neighborhood of Chicago, Illinois, podiatrists Khalid Husain, DPM, Gene Choi, DPM, Jennifer Kirchens, DPM, and Christina Sarantopoulos, DPM, provide immediate neuroma relief with a variety of treatment options. To learn more about neuromas and find out how to treat yours, book an appointment by phone or online at Midwest Foot and Ankle Clinics today.
A neuroma is a painful pinching of a nerve in your foot, often caused by a small tumor on the nerve. One of the most common locations of a neuroma is between your third and fourth toes, and it makes you feel like you’re constantly standing on a pebble or have a burr stuck in your shoe.
The most common type of neuroma, called Morton’s neuroma, doesn’t involve a tumor at all. Instead, the tissue around one of the nerves leading to your toes grows and thickens to place pressure on the nerve. It can cause tingling or numbness in your toes, pain in the ball of your foot, and worsening pain when you walk or stand.
Neuromas form when there is a repeated or constant excess pressure on the bottom of your foot. Factors that contribute to neuroma formation include:
Experts aren’t sure exactly how neuromas form, but they’ve realized that these risk factors make neuroma formation likely. Continuing the behaviors that caused your neuroma can make the symptoms worse. You can relieve some of the pain simply by wearing better-fitting footwear, resting your foot, or massaging the neuroma.
The team at Midwest Foot and Ankle Clinics can provide immediate relief for your neuroma with numerous new and innovative treatment options, both surgical and nonsurgical. Available treatments for neuromas are:
Orthotics are custom inserts for your shoes. Wearing a soft orthotic designed to match the contours of your foot can relieve pressure from the neuroma.
Cryosurgery effectively freezes the nerve cells responsible for your neuroma-related pain.
Sclerosing injections use alcohol to desensitize the nerve causing your neuroma pain. The injection includes no more than 20% alcohol and some anesthetic to numb your foot at the time of the injection.
For personalized neuroma treatment, call your nearest Midwest Foot and Ankle Clinics location or book an appointment online today.