Neuromas are not something to take lightly because they involve the nerves of your foot. They typically form a painful bundle of nerves between the joints of the toes, which is often exacerbated by long periods of standing. Because the nerve is affected, it can cause numbness and episodes of sudden pain that travels throughout the foot.
What causes neuromas?
Factors that increase the likelihood of getting neuromas include:
● inadequately-fitting shoes
● long periods of intense, concentrated activities
Aching from neuromas gets worse when not treated promptly. They cause minor to severe pain that can extend to the ball of the foot while feeling a sensation of numbness in the toes. Because of the far-reaching nature of neuromas, you will benefit greatly from seeking treatment from a foot doctor at the earlier stages rather than waiting until the pain becomes unbearable.
Treatment for this condition includes:
● Wear footwear that is comfortable. This could mean that they have large toe boxes.
● Use orthotics to redistribute pressure that the nerves are subject to.
● Take anti-inflammatories or pain killers to decrease discomfort and inflammation.
● Inserting padding in your shoes can also provide great relief from the pain caused by neuromas.
● Place ice packs on your feet to reduce inflammation.
● Try massaging your foot at the ball of the foot after soaking it in warm water. This may help to reduce the pain caused by the damaged nerves.
● Surgical treatments may become necessary if the neuromas cause pain at random and become unresponsive to conservative treatments. These procedures will remove the nerve or relieve pressure on the nerve by cutting ligaments holding bones together.
At Cange Podiatry Inc., located in Ellicott City and Glen Burnie, MD, our foot doctor, Darlyne Cange, DPM, has dealt with neuromas in many of her patients’ feet and has developed treatment methods that are effective and lasting! Please contact us now to make an appointment with our offices and get the numbness out of your nerves.