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What Is a Neuroma?

Dr. Joseph Mechanik at Colorado Foot Institute in Centennial, CO, is here for you if you are experiencing a painful neuroma.

A neuroma is any thickening of nerve tissue. This happens when there is continued compression or irritation of the nerve. The most common neuroma that develops in the foot is called Morton's neuroma. This occurs between the third and fourth toes, and because of the location is sometimes called an intermetatarsal neuroma.

Morton's neuroma is common in women and runners because it's caused by the compression of the toes in shoes with smaller toe boxes. Both high-heeled shoes and certain repetitive motions in sports force toes into an unnatural amount of space, and the continued compression can cause a neuroma. Other trauma to the foot can also cause a neuroma to form.

Some people are at a higher risk for developing a neuroma. If you already have flat feet, bunions, or hammertoes you may be more likely to develop Morton's neuroma, so wearing proper footwear is essential. Your podiatrist at Colorado Foot Institute in Centennial, CO, can recommend the best footwear for these issues.

What are the symptoms?

There are a few sensations that give away Morton's neuroma in your foot:

  • Pain in the toes
  • Numbness, burning, or tingling sensation
  • Feeling that there is something in your shoe

Pain often begins while wearing uncomfortable shoes or doing certain actions, and can come and go. But ignoring that pain and continuing to do the action will only make it worse.

What can I do?

Treatment always starts with proper footwear. Shoes with a wide toe box give your toes plenty of space and reduce pressure between the toes. Your foot and ankle surgeon may also recommend a combination of orthotics and padding in your shoes. Other treatments for neuroma pain include icing the foot and taking over-the-counter medications. Our office has had success using our MLS Laser Therapy on neuromas.  It has been a game changer.  Of course, as a last resort, sometimes surgery is required.

Come see podiatrist Dr. Joseph Mechanik at Colorado Foot Institute in Centennial, CO, if you think your pain is a neuroma. Contact us at (303) 333-3383.

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