What is it and what are the symptoms?
A neuroma is a pinched nerve that can be very painful. It is a benign growth of nerve tissue, often found between the third and fourth toes but may also affect the second and third toes. It can cause pain, a burning sensation, tingling or numbness between the toes and in the ball of the foot.
What causes them?
It is caused by repeated mild injury to the space between two toes, which can occur as a result of:
- Wearing tight, pointy or high heeled shoes
- Being active and playing sport- particularly running or sports that involve running and placing pressure on the feet, such as racquet sports.
- Other foot problems such as flat feet, hammer toe, high arches and bunions.
The pain caused by a neuroma can progress and become severe.
What is the treatment?
The simplest form of treatment involves wearing shoes that allow the feet plenty of room on the sides, use of orthotic devices and weight loss if required. Your GP may administer an injection into the neuroma or discuss surgery in severe cases.
Sheridan Foot Health will undertake a full foot health assessment and a treatment plan will be devised to suit your individual needs and requirements. Footwear advice and insoles can be provided.
Contact the team on 02392 388149 or 07795 522700 for a consultation and treatment.