If you have pain, swelling, or lack of sensation at the ball of your foot where your third and fourth toe meet, you may have a neuroma. The experienced team at Kaplansky Foot and Ankle Centers, including David Kaplansky, DPM and Anthony Cozzolino, DPM, specialize in neuroma’s and can provide you with the care you need to relieve your pain at their offices in Columbus and Reynoldsburg, Ohio. For a consultation, schedule an appointment online or by phone today.
Also referred to as Morton’s neuroma, a neuroma is a benign growth of nerve tissue found around your third and fourth toe near the ball of your foot. Your neuroma may cause severe foot pain when you walk and can affect your daily activities.
You may be at risk of developing a neuroma if you have a high arch or a flatfoot. Trauma, improper footwear, and prolonged standing can also lead to the development of the painful nerve condition.
Pain at the third and fourth toe is the most common symptom of a neuroma. You may also experience a burning, tingling, or numbing sensation, as well as swelling. You may notice that your pain is worse when you’re walking, and feels better when you rest or rub the area.
If your foot pain is keeping you from doing the things you enjoy, the specialists at Kaplansky Foot and Ankle Centers can evaluate your foot and provide a treatment plan that improves your pain and function.
Your specialist at Kaplansky Foot and Ankle Centers conducts a comprehensive examination to determine the underlying cause of your foot pain. Your specialist may be able to feel the neuroma in your foot during your examination, but might need to recommend diagnostic testing, such as an X-ray, to confirm the diagnosis.
Your specialist at Kaplansky Foot and Ankle Centers creates a personalized treatment plan to help relieve the pain caused by your neuroma. You may benefit from a custom-made foot orthotics with appropriate padding to deflect pressure from your forefoot and nerve. In some cases, you may also benefit from a local injection to reduce inflammation.
If your neuroma fails to improve with conservative treatments, your specialist may recommend minor surgery to remove the affected part of the nerve.
Neuromas are painful and may keep you from doing the things you enjoy. The experienced team at Kaplansky Foot and Ankle Centers can provide the treatment you need to improve your quality of life. Schedule an appointment online or by phone today to learn more.