CarePlus Foot and Ankle Specialists
Hubert Lee, DPM
Podiatrist located in Bellevue, WA
If the ball of your foot regularly feels like it’s numb or burning, you may have a neuroma. Even though they’re benign, neuromas can negatively impact your mobility or ability to stay physically active. At CarePlus Foot and Ankle Specialists in Bellevue, Washington, Hubert Lee, DPM, provides safe, effective, and minimally invasive treatments to address neuroma-related pain. To schedule your consultation, call the office or click the online booking tool today.
What is a Morton’s neuroma?
Morton’s neuroma is a common foot-related health problem characterized by numbness, tingling, or even burning pain that affects the ball of your foot. A neuroma is a thickening or inflammation of the nerve between your toes.
Although neuromas don’t present any visible symptoms such as bumps or bruises, they often cause the sensation of having a small pebble or stone in your shoe.
People who wear uncomfortable or ill-fitting shoes such as high heels are especially susceptible to developing a Morton’s neuroma. Fortunately, conservative measures of treatment such as changing into more supportive and better-fitting footwear can effectively ease your symptoms.
What are the symptoms of a neuroma?
If you have a neuroma, it’s common to experience symptoms such as tingling, burning, and numbness in your toes, a radiating pain that goes into your toes, or the sensation of having an object in your shoe. As your neuroma gets worse, you might also find it difficult to stand or walk for extended periods of time.
Who gets Morton’s neuroma?
Neuromas affect people of all ages and genders. However, there are certain factors that may increase your risk, including:
- Wearing high-heeled shoes
- High arches
- Flat feet
You’re also more likely to develop a neuroma if you participate in athletic activities that require tight shoes, such as soccer, snow skiing, or ballet dancing.
How do you diagnose a neuroma?
To diagnose a neuroma, Dr. Lee physically examines your feet and toes and reviews your medical history. Dr. Lee gently presses on the skin between your toes looking for a mass or tender spot. During this part of the exam, you might also experience a clicking or popping sensation between the bones of your feet.
Usually, these steps are enough to pinpoint the source of your discomfort. However, Dr. Lee might recommend diagnostic imaging such as X-rays to get a closer look at the bones and joints in your feet.
How do you treat a neuroma?
Whenever possible, Dr. Lee uses conservative, noninvasive measures to treat neuroma pain. Depending on your symptoms, he might recommend physical therapy, custom orthotics, or rest and elevation.
If your symptoms persist or your neuroma gets worse, you might benefit from corticosteroid injections or surgical intervention. Dr. Lee offers two types of neuroma surgery: decompression surgery and nerve removal surgery.
If neuroma pain is interfering with your quality of life, make an appointment at CarePlus Foot and Ankle Specialists today. Call the office or click the online booking tool to begin.