A Neuroma is a painful growth of nerve tissue in the foot that forms when bones in the feet press together and irritate a nerve. Repeated stress on the foot or wearing ill fitted shoes is usually the cause. As the nerve irritation gets worse a person may feel a sharp, burning pain in the ball of the foot, tingling or numbness between the toes and in the ball of the foot and lastly a painful lump that reproduces your symptoms when touched. Shoe changes and orthotics, padding and taping, physical therapy and medication are some of the treatments your doctor may use to reduce symptoms. If other treatments do not help your doctor may treat the nerve directly either with surgery or injections. To Identify and treat a Neuroma in the North New Jersey area, contact Innovative Foot and Ankle at one of our 4 convenient locations.