What is a Foot Neuroma?
A neuroma in the foot is often referred to as a Morton’s Neuroma. It is a thickening of the tissue around one of the nerves leading to your toes. This can cause a sharp, burning pain in the ball of your foot. Your toes also may sting, burn or feel numb. Some patient’s also state that they feel as though they are walking on a marble.
What Causes Neuromas in Feet?
A neuroma is caused by a constriction/irritation of the “common plantar digital nerve” that runs in the webspace of the toes. High heeled shoes, or tight narrow shoes can compress the foot in such a way that puts pressure on the nerves in your feet. Trauma to the foot can also cause a neuroma. Also, it usually develops in between the 3rd and 4th toes. The condition is more common in women, but can occur in men as well.
A Podiatrist will examine your affected foot. They will squeeze the foot and listen for a palpable “click” called a Moulder’s sign. This test may also re-create the sensation the patient feels when the neuroma is aggravated. Xrays are often taken to rule out any bony issues that may also be creating pain in the area.
If you are suffering from a neuroma, visit us at Innovative Foot and Ankle. Dr. Kaufman, Dr. Rallatos, Dr. Gonzales, Dr. Visperas and Dr. Anthony are all trained in the available conservative and surgical treatment options. We have offices located throughout the northern New Jersey area in Kenilworth, Bayonne, Little Ferry and Montclair.