5924 Stoneridge Drive Suite #102
Pleasanton, CA 94588

Phone: 925-556-4460
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Neuroma is a condition often referred to as a “pinched nerve” or in other cases a “nerve tumor.” The condition is painful and results from a benign growth of tissue around the nerve, and it is generally located between the third and fourth toes. The growth causes pain, tingling, burning sensations, and even numbness between the toes and/or in the ball of the foot.

The primary and most notable symptom of a neuroma is pain between the toes while a person is walking. The pain is often relieved by simply stopping and rubbing the area the pain is radiating from.

Unfortunately, the exact cause for the development of a neuroma is not known, but a variety of factors are known to contribute:

  • Deformities in the foot such as flat feet or high arches – These are common in those who develop a neuroma. These foot types generally cause instability around the toes, which is common in the formation of the condition.
  • Improper footwear – Women are far more likely to develop a neuroma than men. This is partially due to the social norm of women wearing footwear that causes the toes to be squeezed together, namely high-heeled shoes higher than two inches. The height of the heel increases the pressure on the already compressed toes and joints, leading to the formation of a neuroma. Men are also susceptible to the condition.
  • Trauma to the nerve – This can result in inflammation and swelling of the nerve, leading to the formation a neuroma.

Generally, podiatric medical care should be sought out at the first signs or symptoms of a neuroma being present. Generally, if left untreated, the neuroma will get worse. At Bay Area Foot Care in Walnut Creek, a consultation with a specialist will allow for the official diagnosis and the introduction of possible treatment options.

As is the case with most conditions, treatment options vary based on severity. Identifying and treating the neuroma early in its development is key to avoiding more invasive surgical interventions.

The goal of most early treatment options will be to relieve pressure on the area where the neuroma has developed. This can be done in many ways. Options include:

  • Simple padding and taping of the ball of the foot with specialized materials
  • Medications and injections meant to ease pain and inflammation
  • Orthotics meant to control foot function and control symptoms
  • Podiatric surgery to remove the inflamed and enlarged nerve, followed by a few weeks of recovery and medications for managing pain

No matter what solution you and your podiatrist decide to pursue, Bay Area Foot Care in Pleasanton is prepared to assist you with your treatment and recovery. Make an appointment with a clinician today.

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