Posts for tag: neuroma
Are you dealing with pain, burning, tingling or numbness between your toes or in the ball of the foot? If you said “yes” then you could be dealing with a neuroma, a pinched nerve or benign tumor of the nerve that is often found between the third and fourth toes.
The classic symptom of a neuroma is pain, particularly when walking—a factor that leads many people to liken the condition to feeling like a pebble is in their shoe. You may find that the pain eases up whenever you aren’t walking or when you rub the pained area with your hands. While neuromas can happen to anyone, they are most commonly found in women.
While the causes of a neuroma are still not clear, there are factors that can increase the likelihood of developing one, such as:
- Extremely high arches
- Flat feet
- Trauma that leads to nerve damage in the feet
- Improper footwear (high heels over two-inches tall; pointed toes)
- Repeated stress placed on the foot
Treating a Neuroma
A neuroma will not go away on its own, so it’s important to see a podiatrist if you are experiencing any of the condition's symptoms. The type of treatment or treatments recommended to you will depend on the severity of the neuroma.
Those with minor neuromas may be able to lessen symptoms by wearing shoes that provide ample room for the toes and offer thick soles that provide more support and cushioning for the toes and balls of the feet. Sometimes a podiatrist may recommend custom orthotics to place inside the shoes, as well.
Your podiatrist may also recommend padding or taping the ball of the foot to improve faulty biomechanics and reduce discomfort. While medication will not eliminate the problem, it can temporarily alleviate symptoms. Over-the-counter anti-inflammatories can often briefly reduce pain and swelling, but for those dealing with more severe pain, steroid injections may be necessary to ease symptoms.
Surgery for a Neuroma
Surgery only becomes necessary when conservative treatment options have failed to provide relief, or when the neuroma has progressed enough that conservative care won’t be enough. During surgery, the inflamed nerve is removed through a simple outpatient procedure. Afterward, there is a short recovery period of a couple of weeks before patients are able to move about pain-free once again!
Give us a Call!
If you are dealing with new or worsening foot pain it’s important that you turn to a podiatrist that can help give you the answers you need. Schedule an appointment today.
Are you tired of suffering from lower back and hip pain? The first thing you need to do is to get to the bottom of why you are experiencing this pain. Back pain can cause a lot of grief in our life. Not only is it hard to bend, but it can also be hard to sit or even pick something up. Many feet and ankle conditions can have an effect on your back health as well. This is because our feet are our bodies’ foundations. They take the blunt force of our weight when we move and groove. When our feet are hurting, it can lead to one big backache.
Plantar Fasciitis can be a root cause of back pain. This condition affects the arch muscle in the foot and can cause extreme pain, especially first thing in the morning upon waking. The pain is usually very sharp and dulls as the day progresses. Many people with this condition tend to limp or adjust the pressure they put on their bodies. This affects the hips and the lower back and can cause pain.
This is a condition that affects a nerve in the foot. The nerve experiences large amounts of pain and swelling. This can cause other nerves in the body to suffer from the inflammation, resulting in more pain. This condition can cause a person to limp or alter pressure, which can transfer pain to the lower back and the hip.
Treating the Cause
It is important to treat any foot and ankle injury to help prevent hip and back pain. The sooner you take proactive measures to cure the root cause, the sooner you will be pain-free in most cases. It might take some time, but a podiatrist will develop a treatment plan that is right for you. In many cases, over-the-counter pain medication, orthotics, stretches and physical therapy can help to control pain and heal injury. In other more severe cases, surgery may be required to better assist with the healing process.
Back pain and hip pain do not have to be a part of your everyday life. Instead, come to our office to treat your feet and beat the pain. Call Dr. Andrew H. Cohen of Mid-Michigan Foot & Ankle Center located in Saginaw and Bay City, Michigan. You can reach our office at 989-790-8009 or make an appointment online today. Your feet are our priority.