Why a Neuroma Develops in Your Foot

It is something you can’t really notice from the outside, but you certainly feel it on the inside! The pain, tingling, and numbness felt in the ball of your foot and radiating into your toes can be an electrical, shooting type that halts you in your tracks. No one wants to experience that, so understanding how neuromas develop may help you head off this uncomfortable problem.

Often called Morton’s neuroma after a doctor who studied it extensively, this nerve “tumor” or swelling seems to result from pressure on the nerve from the surrounding structures. For that reason, the following are often associated with this type of pain in your forefoot:

  • High heeled shoes –they put extra pressure on the ball of the foot
  • Pointed shoes – they pinch the toes together, so the bones rub against the nerve
  • Toe deformities – bunions (a joint that juts out at the base of the big toe) and hammertoes (smaller toe joints bent at the wrong angles) can lead to this type of pain
  • Arch abnormalities – High arches put extra pressure on the forefoot and compresses nerve tissue. With flat feet, bones move out of position and rub against the nerve.
  • High impact activities and injuries – most sports and exercise programs include a lot of trauma to your feet, as do injuries like falls and auto accidents. The nerve could be damaged by these.

So, pick your poison. Are you wearing the wrong type of shoes? Have you injured your foot? Do you have higher or flatter arches than normal? Any one of these could compress the nerves between your toes, leading to swelling or thickness from scar tissue formation.

If you experience occasional tingling, shooting pains, or numbness, or it feels as if there is something in your shoe under the base of your toes, contact Sierra Foot & Ankle right away to let us examine your foot and find out what’s going on. We can treat this nerve pain in a variety of ways that do not involve surgery, including custom orthotics to relieve pressure on the nerve.

Call our office in Gardnerville, NV at (775) 783-8037. You can also reach us from the larger Carson Valley area by calling toll free – (888) 608-8406 – or using our online contact form. We look forward to making your nerve pain a thing of the past.

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