A neuroma is a painful condition, also referred to as a “pinched nerve”
or a nerve tumor. It is a benign growth of nerve tissue frequently
found between the third and fourth toes. It brings on pain, a burning
sensation, tingling, or numbness
between the toes and in the ball of the foot.
The principal symptom associated with a neuroma is pain between the toes while walking. Those suffering
from the condition often find relief by stopping their walk, taking off
their shoe, and rubbing the affected area. At times, the
will describe the pain as similar to having a stone in his or her shoe.
The vast majority of people who develop neuromas are women.
Although the exact cause for this condition is unclear, a number of 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 foot types bring on
instability around the toe joints, leading to the development of the
Trauma can cause damage to the nerve, resulting in inflammation or swelling of the nerve.
Improper footwear that causes the toes to be squeezed together is problematic.
Avoid high-heeled shoes higher than two inches. Shoes at this height can increase pressure on the forefoot area.
Repeated stress, common to many occupations, can create or aggravate a neuroma.
The symptoms of a neuroma include the following:
Pain in the forefoot and between the toes
Tingling and numbness in the ball of the foot
Swelling between the toes
Pain in the ball of the foot when weight is placed on it