What Is Neuroma?

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Neuromas are non-cancerous growths composed of thickened nerve tissue. According to the PodiatryNetwork.com, neuromas most often develop on the ball of the foot. A neuroma that is located on the foot is called Morton's neuroma.

Identification

  • When you have a neuroma, you may experience numbness or tingling in your toes, as well as burning pain in the ball of the foot.

Causes

  • According to the Mayo Clinic, it's unclear exactly what causes a neuroma. However, it's likely associated with a trauma or compression of the nerves in your feet.

Risk Factors

  • You may be more susceptible to developing a neuroma if you injure your foot, if you engage in sports that repeatedly impact your foot (such as running) and if you wear tight shoes or high-heeled shoes.

Diagnosis

  • A neuroma does not leave a visible lump on your foot, so diagnosis may be tricky. Your doctor may use an x-ray to find the mass, as well as determine whether there is a "clicking" in your foot bones.

Solution

  • Try simple treatments first, such as purchasing shoes that fit better, rest, using arch supports and using over-the-counter pain relievers. If these measures are inadequate, talk to your doctor about using corticosteroid injections; surgery is a last resort.

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