If standing or walking causes you pain, numbness, or tingling, you may have a nerve condition known as a neuroma. A neuroma can make daily life aggravating, especially if you’re on your feet a lot of the time. David Lambarski, DPM, is a skilled podiatrist who treats neuroma at Northeast Foot Care in Amsterdam and Clifton Park, New York. To schedule an evaluation, call the office or book an appointment online.
A neuroma in the foot is a non-cancerous swelling along the nerve that carries sensations from the toes. This swelling causes irritation and inflammation of the surrounding bones and ligaments.
The most common neuroma of the foot is Morton’s neuroma, which develops between the third and fourth toes. A neuroma can also develop between the second and third toes or other locations on the foot.
The exact causes of neuroma are unknown, but research links certain risk factors to the conditions. Some of the factors related to neuroma include wearing high heels, pointy-toed shoes, or tight athletic shoes, as well as participating in repetitive, high-impact sports like running.
Foot malformation, such as flat feet, bunions, or hammertoes, can also lead to a neuroma. These conditions cause neuroma by putting pressure on the nerve, causing irritation that leads to swelling and further complications.
Pain is the most common symptom of a neuroma. This is frequently described as a burning sensation.
Some other signs of a neuroma are:
Your symptoms may come and go, and they may be aggravated by standing for long periods. You may find temporary relief when you remove your shoes, flex your toes, or rub your feet. However, the pain usually returns when you are on your feet again.
If your neuroma is painful, Dr. Lambarski usually recommends therapeutic treatment, such as:
Dr. Lambarski also offers CryoCare, a non-surgical treatment that freezes away your pain. Using ultrasound imaging guidance, Dr. Lambarski can find your exact area of pain. He then uses a cryoprobe to freeze your area of pain.
More than 80% of people with a neuroma respond to conservative treatment. For people who have persistent, disabling symptoms, surgery is an option.
If you experience foot pain that may be caused by a neuroma, schedule an evaluation with Dr. Lambarski so you can begin treatment and get back to a pain-free life. Call Northeast Foot Care or book an appointment online today.