A neuroma is a thickening of the nerve tissue caused by compression and irritation of the nerve. This compression creates swelling of the nerve which eventually leads to permanent nerve damage. The most common neuroma is in the foot and is called a Morton’s Neuroma.
Morton’s Neuroma Symptoms
- Pain on weight bearing, often relieved by removing shoes
- Burning, numbness and paresthesia
- Pointed-toe footwear, high heels, and footwear with a narrow toe box
- Over pronating while walking
- Having flat feet
- Tight Achilles tendon
- Loss of fat pad under foot
Podiatric treatment of neuromas can help to reduce both the duration and severity of symptoms. Your podiatrist will be able to recomend an appropriate treatment plan. Common modalities used include changes in footwear, padding, strapping, physical therapies and orthotics.