Dr. Jay Berenter at Scripps Memorial Hospital in San Diego treats patients with neuromas.
Having a neuroma is a painful condition. It is also sometimes called a “pinched nerve” or a nerve tumor. It is nerve tissue frequently found between the third and fourth toes. Neuromas can cause foot pain, the sense of a burning sensation, some tingling, and/or a feeling of numbness between the toes and in the ball of the foot.
Patients often complain about pain between the toes while walking. The pain can sometimes be lessened by stopping their walk, not wearing socks, taking off their shoes, and massaging the affected area. Patients will sometimes describe the pain as similar to having a stone in his or her shoe.
Numerous factors can contribute to the formation of a neuroma:
Biomechanical deformities, such as a high-arched foot or a flat foot, can lead to the formation of a neuroma. These issues can lead to instability around the toe joints, and ultimately the development of the condition. Trauma can cause damage to the nerve, resulting in inflammation or swelling of the nerve.
Avoiding high-heeled shoes higher than two inches is recommended. Shoes at this height can increase pressure on the forefoot area. Any type of repeated stress, issues found in many industries can lead to aggravation of a neuroma.
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms you may have a neuroma and should seek treatment. Pain in the forefoot and between the toes, tingling and numbness in the ball of the foot, swelling between the toes or pain in the ball of the foot when weight is placed on it.
To arrange an appointment with Dr. Berenter, please contact us:
Jay Berenter DPM
9850 Genesee Avenue
La Jolla, California 92037