Nerve pain can be a frustrating condition to have because the source of the pain is not always obvious. A neuroma, which is a growth of nerve tissues that typically forms between the third and fourth toes, can cause tingling, numbness, swelling, and pain in the toes or forefoot area. When the tissues surrounding the nerve thicken due to excessive pressure, trauma, or irritation, Morton’s neuroma can form. Walking can exacerbate the pain, and people often report feeling like they have a pebble in their shoe.
The most common causes of Morton’s neuroma are:
- Improper footwear – Wearing narrow shoes or high heels often creates excessive pressure between the toes and on the ball of the foot.
- Arch problems – Flat feet and high arches cause instability in the toe joints, which can lead to the formation of neuromas.
- Trauma – Acute or chronic stress can lead to inflammation of the nerves.
Many conservative measures can be used to address Morton’s neuroma, such as:
- Changing footwear to ones that have larger toe boxes and lower heels that relieve pressure off the nerves to allow for healing.
- Rest, massaging the area, and ice can help alleviate some pain.
- Orthotics can help provide more support and correct any abnormal foot function that may be contributing to the neuroma.
For more serious cases, an experienced foot care specialist can determine an appropriate treatment, which may include injections or surgery.
Especially for nerve pain, it is important to consult with a podiatrist who is skilled in diagnosing and treating nerve-related issues like Dr. Gabriel Maislos at Houston Foot & Ankle Care. Dr. Maislos is a board-certified podiatrist who has been treating all types of podiatric issues, from plantar fasciitis, tarsal tunnel syndrome, to sports injuries and nail fungusand has numerous certifications to provide the best possible care for each of his patients. If you suspect a nerve problem, or have any other discomfort, please contact us or call our office in Southwest Houston at (713) 541-3199 to schedule an appointment today!