Neuromas are a foot-related problem especially common in women. Without diagnosis and treatment, they can affect your mobility and quality of life. At Annapolis Foot and Ankle Center, board-certified foot and ankle surgeons Eric Harmelin, DPM, and Rikhil Patel, DPM, treat neuromas using noninvasive measures like custom orthotics. To schedule an appointment at the office in Annapolis, Stevensville, or Glen Burnie, Maryland, call or book online today.
Neuromas are small, non-cancerous growths that affect one (or multiple) nerves in the balls of the feet. They cause a thickening of the nerve tissue, resulting in pain and general discomfort. Anyone can experience a neuroma, but they tend to affect people who wear shoes that are tight and crowd the toes, like high heels.
Common symptoms of neuromas include:
As the condition progresses, you might also find it difficult to stand or walk for extended periods.
Neuromas affect everyone differently. If you experience pain in the ball of your foot that lasts for several days and doesn’t respond to at-home treatments like rest, ice, or over-the-counter pain medication, contact Annapolis Foot and Ankle. This is especially true if your pain persists after changing shoes or modifying activities that place stress on your foot.
Several factors increase the risk of neuromas, including:
You’re also more likely to develop a neuroma if you have other foot problems like hammertoes, bunions, or high arches.
To diagnose neuromas, Annapolis Foot and Ankle Center asks about your symptoms and reviews your health history. Afterward, they physically examine your feet, gently pressing on the balls to pinpoint areas of tenderness or warmth.
If a physical exam isn’t enough to determine the source of your discomfort, your provider might order additional diagnostic tests like X-rays, an MRI, or a bone scan. These measures provide detailed images of the bones, joints, and soft tissues in your feet.
Annapolis Foot and Ankle Center treats neuromas using a combination of healthy lifestyle changes and noninvasive treatments, including physical therapy, custom orthotics, and over-the-counter pain medication.
If your symptoms persist or worsen even after implementing these measures, surgical intervention may be necessary, but only as a last resort.
If neuromas affect your mobility or quality of life, make an appointment at Annapolis Foot and Ankle Center. Call the nearest office or book online today.