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.
The causes of neuromas are unknown, but several factors can increase your risk of developing a neuroma:
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.
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.
Your treatment options will depend on the stage of development of your neuroma and may include:
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