Do you feel like you have a pebble in your shoe? It’s possible you may be suffering from a common foot condition called a neuroma. A neuroma is a swollen nerve that causes a tingling, cramping, or burning sensation between the toes and in the ball of the foot. This nerve has been repeatedly pinched between either the 2nd and 3rd or 3rd and 4th metatarsal head. In addition, the neuroma is a benign growth of nerve tissue resulting from compression or trauma.

It is important to seek medical treatment at the first sign of discomfort because neuromas tend to get worse if untreated. Identifying a neuroma in its early stages of development is important to avoid surgical correction. During your exam, your doctor will press on your foot to feel for a mass or tender spot. There may also be a feeling of “clicking” between the bones of your foot. Podiatry Associates of Florida can evaluate the severity of the condition of your neuroma and determine the best treatment, whether it be as conservative as a change in your shoes, or more serious like the removal of the nerve.

There are several factors that can contribute to neuromas:

  • High arches or flat feet
  • Trauma
  • Tight fitted shoes
  • Stress from standing on your feet for long periods of time
  • High-impact sports
  • Bunions
  • Hammertoes

Symptoms of neuromas can include:

  • Numbness in your toes
  • Pain in the ball of your foot that may spread into your toes
  • Feeling like you are standing on a pebble
  • Swelling between toes