Neuromas: Enlarged Nerves in Your Feet
Your nervous system has two parts – the central nervous system (which
is your brain and spinal cord) and the peripheral nervous system (which
is comprised of the nerves extending throughout your body). Each is responsible
for a variety of tasks that enable you to do just about everything you
do. When everything is running smoothly, it is easy to take the entire
nervous system for granted, but sometimes issues can arise. Such is the case with
If you are experiencing strange, painful sensations in your lower limbs,
it is possible that you have developed a neuroma and could benefit from
the effective care we provide here at Houston Foot Specialists. The first
step in getting help is to recognize the symptoms and understand what
Neuroma Symptoms and Causes
The primary symptoms you might experience with a neuroma include:
- Pain in the forefoot area and between your toes, and especially in the
ball of your foot when weight is placed upon it.
- Tingling and numbness in your ball of the foot.
- Swelling that develops between your toes.
Generally speaking, a neuroma occurs in response to excessive pressure
and irritation or from an injury to one of the nerves leading to your
toes. When this happens, the nerve can become enlarged and cause the aforementioned
symptoms. More specifically, the pressure can come from repeated stress,
physical trauma, biomechanical deformities (
cavus foot, flatfoot), and improper footwear.
In the lower body, the most common neuroma tends to be a Morton’s
neuroma. This nerve enlargement develops between the third and fourth
toes. It is sometimes called an intermetatarsal neuroma, because it is
located between the metatarsal bones in the ball of the foot.
Conservative Care and Home Remedies
There are some treatment options you can do yourself at home for neuromas.
Try the following:
- Always wear shoes with low heels, plenty of room for your toes, and either
buckles or laces that allow you adjust the width of your footwear.
wearing of high-heeled shoes only to special occasions, as these kinds of footwear can exacerbate the problem.
- Rest your foot and massage the affected area to temporarily relieve neuroma pain.
- Use an ice pack wrapped in a thin towel to dull the pain and improve your comfort.
- Use over-the-counter shoe pads, which can relieve pressure on and around
the affected area.
Surgery and Other Procedures
Our hope is always to treat any condition with conservative care, but sometimes
this is not possible. In some cases, we need to use surgical intervention.
If we cannot provide the comfort you need with nonsurgical means, we may
need to relieve pressure on a compressed nerve by cutting other tissues
or even removing the nerve altogether.
If you need treatment for a neuroma, you can certainly come to Houston
Foot Specialists and we will take care of it for you. Even better would
be preventing the condition from happening in the first place. With that
in mind, here are some preventive measures that can help:
- If you wear athletic shoes for exercising or recreational sports, be sure
to pick out ones with ample room in the front (so your toes are not compressed).
- Choose shoes that feature sufficient padding in the ball of the foot area.
- Try not to spend too much time in shoes that have excessively-high heels
(greater than 2 inches) and narrow toe boxes. If you wear these kinds
of shoes for work, use a second, more comfortable pair for your commute
to and from the office.
Expert Neuroma Care in Houston, TX
As we mentioned, if you are in need of professional treatment for a neuroma
that is causing pain and taking away from your quality of life and enjoyment
of favorite activities, Houston Foot Specialists can help. Come see us
and we will diagnose the condition causing your problems, and then create
an effective treatment plan for you.
If you would like more information about neuromas, or anything related
to our medical practice, simply give us a call at (713) 467-8886 and our
staff will be glad to answer any questions you have. You can also
request an appointment for our Houston, TX office online right now.