A Neuroma is a benign thickening of the Nerve tissue along its pathway.
Thickening to the nerve is a response to trauma to the tissue, commonly caused due to pressure, compression and rubbing.
This can result in the nerve becoming trapped in its sheath (The outer casing the nerve runs through) or being squeezed into a space it no longer fits into easily. The resulting pain can be stabbing in the ball of the foot but also cause tingling, burning or numbness in the toes.
Neuroma’s commonly occur in the intermetatarsal spaces (The space between the bones in the ball of the foot). This can be caused by a variety of factors including:
- Tight footwear
- Restricted toe range of motion
- Over pronation
- A broad forefoot
- Rheumatoid Arthritis
- Other Neurological diseases
The resulting thickening of the nerve can cause deformity of the toes, leading to splaying or sometimes your toes drifting off in odd directions!
Treatment for Neuroma vary depending on the severity of the pain and the impact it is having on your quality of life. Treatment of the cause of the trauma will often resolve your symptoms however often Podiatry intervention is also needed.
At Complete Feet Orthotics & Podiatry we offer a broad range of solutions including:
- Footwear assessments/advice
- Cortisone injections
- Referral for surgical excision
Our friendly and knowledgeable Podiatrists can help customise a treatment plan for you.
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