If you notice a sharp pain, burning, or tingling sensation developing on your foot, particularly on the ball of your foot between your third and fourth toes, you may have a neuroma. These are small, benign growths of nerve tissue that can cause severe pain and discomfort if not treated.
At Advanced Foot and Ankle Centers of Illinois, we have the knowledge and skill to treat neuromas, among other foot conditions. We understand that dealing with neuromas can be scary and frustrating, since the pain prevents you from easily accomplishing daily tasks, which is why our friendly staff will work hard to make you comfortable during the treatment.
What Causes Neuromas?
Neuromas develop when the tissue surrounding a nerve on the ball of your foot thickens, creating a benign tumor. People with certain foot shapes, including high arches or no arch, are more likely to develop neuromas since the way they walk puts pressure on the nerve. Wearing high-heeled or tight shoes also put too much pressure on the area. Experiencing foot trauma can also lead to neuromas. This can be a single event, such as an injury to the foot, or a repeated incident, such as running or kicking soccer balls. If this is the reason for the neuroma, our foot doctors will likely suggest some lifestyle changes you can make to prevent a recurrence.
How Are Neuromas Treated?
Our podiatrists may recommend one of several different treatments, depending on your particular situation:
- Padding the foot to reduce the direct pressure on the neuroma and give it a chance to heal
- Cortisone steroid injections
- Anti-inflammatory medication
- Decompression surgery, which relieves pressure on the nerve
- Surgery to remove the nerve completely
You will work with our podiatrists to figure out a treatment plan that will relieve your pain and restore easy mobility. To get started, come visit us at the office nearest you. We have offices in Joliet, Palatine, Schaumburg, Orland Park, and Waukegan, in addition to our main Chicago office. Or you can schedule an appointment directly from the website.