Neuroma Nerve Pain And Numbness

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A neuroma is a painful growth of nerve tissue in the foot that usually occurs between the third and fourth toe. It is caused by irritation to the nerve as a result of poorly fitting shoes, stress on the foot, and by trauma. Symptoms include pain between the toes, tingling and numbness in the ball of the foot, swelling, a sharp burning pain in the ball of the foot, and a painful lump. Your podiatrist will develop a comprehensive treatment plan to manage your neuroma that includes wearing shoes with adequate support and width, avoiding high heels, wearing custom shoe inserts or orthotics, padding or taping the ball of the foot, physical therapy, using anti-inflammatory medications to ease pain and swelling, cortisone or sclerosing alcohol injections, and possibly surgery.