Michigan Foot & Ankle Institute, PC
Podiatrists & Foot and Ankle Surgeons located in Clinton Township, MI
If you feel pain between your toes or in the ball of your foot when you walk, it could be a neuroma. Fortunately, Edmund Kowalchick, DPM, and Stacey Miller, DPM, of Michigan Foot & Ankle Institute, PC, in Clinton Township, Michigan, offer diagnosis and treatment plans for neuromas that can provide substantial pain relief. When surgery is necessary, it's performed on an out-patient basis. Whenever possible, surgery is minimally invasive to minimize scar tissue and improve recovery times. Schedule a neuroma consultation by calling the nearest office or by booking online today.
Neuroma Q & A
What is a neuroma?
A neuroma is a painful condition that’s caused by specific nerve tissue thickening. Neuromas most commonly develop in the ball of your foot between your third and fourth toes. These neuromas are also called Morton’s neuromas or intermetatarsal neuromas because they affect the nerve tissue in the bones in the ball of your foot.
Whether you have a Morton’s neuroma or a neuroma in another part of your foot, it’s often painful. The thickening nerve tissue compresses your nerve, irritating it. This compression can enlarge your nerve, which, left untreated, can lead to permanent nerve damage.
What are the symptoms of a neuroma?
Neuroma symptoms usually come on gradually. You might notice discomfort when you’re wearing shoes with a narrow toe box, high heels, or when you’ve been walking for extended periods. Some of the most common symptoms of a Morton’s neuroma include:
- Pain in the ball of your foot
- A tingling or burning sensation
- Foot numbness
- Feeling like there’s something in your shoe
In its early stages, the pain from a neuroma can usually be relieved by getting off your feet. Taking off your shoes and rubbing the area may also help lessen the pain. Over time, your symptoms worsen, and you’re less able to find relief. This is a sign your neuroma has grown and could be causing permanent nerve damage.
Don’t wait until your foot pain is persistent to seek treatment for your neuroma. The team at Michigan Foot & Ankle Institute, PC, can help you protect your foot against permanent nerve damage.
How is a neuroma treated?
In its early phases, a neuroma can usually be treated with conservative techniques like:
- Adding padding or orthotics to your shoe to support your arch
- Choosing shoes with a wide toe box
- Taking anti-inflammatory medication
- Getting medication injected into the area
- Icing the area
If your neuroma doesn’t respond to these treatments, the Michigan Foot & Ankle Institute, PC, team also offers surgical interventions. The procedure is tailored to you and the size of your neuroma, ensuring you can get back on your feet as quickly as possible after surgery.
A neuroma doesn’t have to become debilitating provided you seek treatment early. If you have pain in the ball of your foot, call Michigan Foot & Ankle Institute, PC, or request an appointment online today.
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