A neuroma occurs when your nerve is compressed between the bones in your foot and becomes enlarged and inflamed. This can be caused by tight shoes, the way you walk, or the shape of your feet.
Signs and Symptoms
The most common symptom is burning pain, but it can also be sharp, shooting pain to the toes, and aching or throbbing pain. Often it feels like a wrinkle in your sock. If you fail to seek treatment in a timely fashion, neuroma pain can lead to heel or ankle pain and prolong the time it takes to reduce and eliminate your pain.
Custom molded orthotics, cortisone injections, alcohol sclerosing injections, and High Power Laser Therapy are all used to successfully reduce the size of your neuroma, relieve the pain, and prevent the nerve from enlarging again in the future. Surgical excision of your nerve can be performed, but is often not necessary.