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Starrett Podiatry

Podiatrists located in East Harlem, New York, NY & West Harlem, New York, NY

Neuroma Specialist

Do you experience the sensation of a pinched nerve — burning, tingling pain — near your third and fourth toes while walking? It’s possible you’ve developed a neuroma, a benign nerve tissue growth that causes pain while walking. Neuromas are best treated by a podiatrist, who can provide necessary medical intervention. For neuroma diagnosis and treatment, contact the doctors at Starrett Podiatry today. They have six clinics throughout New York for your convenience: East Harlem and West Harlem in New York City; Flushing, New York; Brooklyn, New York; and Mott Haven and Belmont in Bronx, New York.

Neuroma Q & A

What is a neuroma?

A neuroma is a benign growth that most commonly occurs between your third and fourth toes.

It feels similar to a pinched nerve in that area and causes the most pain when you’re walking. Neuromas aren’t dangerous but can make it hard to get around and cause severe discomfort when left untreated.

What causes neuromas?

The causes of neuromas are unknown, but several factors can increase your risk of developing a neuroma:

  • Repeated stress due to repetitive work
  • Trauma to the nerve and subsequent inflammation
  • Ill-fitting footwear including high heels
  • Flat foot, high arches, and other deformities

What are the signs and symptoms of neuromas?

The only visible sign of a neuroma is swelling between your third and fourth toes. Symptoms — which you can feel but not see — include pain toward the front of your foot, near the third and fourth toes, numbness or tingling in the ball of your foot in the same area, and pain that worsens when your foot is bearing weight.

Is there anything I can do myself to relieve the pain?

Wear flat or low-heeled shoes with plenty of room for your toes. Choose shoes with appropriate support to ensure your foot is positioned well. Stop walking and massage the area of pain when it occurs, and apply ice three times a day.

These measures can help manage the pain but won’t address the underlying neuroma or prevent future problems. Schedule an appointment if you believe you have a neuroma. When left untreated, neuromas can worsen.

How are neuromas treated?

Your treatment options will depend on the stage of development of your neuroma and may include:

  • Appropriate diagnosis using examination, medical history review, and X-rays if necessary
  • Alleviation of pressure on the neuroma through the use of padding the ball of the foot and taping
  • Custom orthotics designed to align the foot properly and correct functional problems
  • Oral anti-inflammatory medications or cortisone injections to reduce inflammation and swelling
  • Surgical removal of the neuroma when other options fail to alleviate pain and discomfort

Major Insurance Providers Accepted

At Starrett Podiatry, we accept most major insurance plans. Here is a list of some of the plans we accept. Please contact our office if you do not see your insurance provider listed.

Aetna
Affinity Health Plan
Amida Care
Cigna
Elderplan
EmblemHealth
Empire Plan
Fidelis
GHI
Healthcare Partners
HealthFirst
HealthNet
HIP
Humana
MagnaCare
Medicare
Testimonials

Words from our patients

  • Yelp

    "From beginning to end Starrett Podiatry showed nothing but professionalism and expert knowledge in their field."

    Ernesto A.
  • Yelp

    "My first time in the office was great. They are very professional and caring. I would recommend this place to anyone with foot issues."

    Yummy L.
  • Yelp

    "The surgeons had great bedside manner and explained everything that was going on with my foot. I found the staff easy to work with."

    Michael R.
  • "They provided me knowledge on my diagnosis and also with the necessary tools for a speedy recovery."

    Georgie D.
  • Yelp

    "The foot consultation I received was thorough and explained in a way I could understand. I am now pain free and thankful to have a podiatrist nearby I can trust."

    Patrick L.
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