The Causes and Symptoms of Neuromas

If you’ve been experiencing a lot of foot pain lately, you may be doing one of two things: hoping it’ll go away on its own or looking into potential causes. Lingering foot pain shouldn’t be ignored. In some cases, this pain is the result of something called a neuroma.


Neuromas are benign nerve-tissue growths that are usually found in areas of the foot, often between the third and fourth toes. They are not visible externally. They cause a great deal of irritation and pain in the nerves of the foot.

Common Symptoms of a Neuroma

Neuromas have a number of common symptoms, including the following:

• Numbness in the toes or ball of the foot
• Pain in the toes, between the toes, or in the ball of the foot
• A feeling of discomfort that is similar to constantly having a rock in your shoe
• Swelling in the regions between the toes
• A tingling sensation in the ball of the foot that may intensify

You may notice some of these symptoms lessening or becoming worse at different times of the day. Pain and discomfort can increase while you are wearing tighter shoes or while you are walking. These symptoms may decrease at night.

Potential Causes of a Neuroma

In a general sense, a neuroma usually stems from the nerve experiencing abnormal pressure that is consistent or repeated. This pressure can come from a number of sources.

Often, this pressure comes from problems with the shoes a person is wearing. Issues with the fit of the shoe may be the cause, including tightness. The design of the shoe may be a problem, and because of this, women who wear high heels are much more likely to develop neuromas.

High heels create multiple types of abnormal pressure, including pressure on the balls of the feet and on the toes. Heels that are higher than two inches are the most likely to cause these types of pressure. Lower heels and wider toe boxes allow for a reduction in pressure.

Repeated physical stressors can also bring about a neuroma. These are often job-related. Because sports are high impact, athletes may find themselves dealing with neuromas. Many of these activities also involve wearing tighter shoes.

An instance of trauma to the foot can cause nerve damage and swelling, leading to more pressure in the area.

Additionally, many people with flat feet, hammertoes, bunions, high arches, or other foot conditions experience neuromas. High arches and flat feet affect the stability of the toe joints.

Ready to Learn More?

A number of treatment options are available for neuromas, including decompression surgery, cold therapy, and corticosteroid shots. Making various lifestyle changes may also help to resolve the condition. To find out more about solutions for your foot pain, it’s best to contact Bay Area Foot Care as soon as possible.

Our skilled medical professionals will diagnose your condition, discuss potential causes, and then help you resolve the issue. Set up your informative and helpful consultation today by contacting us.

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