Neuroma Treatment

What is a Neuroma?

A neuroma, also known as a nerve tumor or “pinched nerve,” is a benign growth of nerve tissue commonly found between the third and fourth toes. This condition, often referred to as Morton’s neuroma, can cause pain, a burning sensation, tingling, or numbness between the toes and in the ball of the foot.

What are Common Symptoms of a Neuroma?

  • Tingling or numbness in the toes
  • Sharp, burning pain in the ball of the foot
  • Feeling of a “lump” or “pebble” in the shoe
  • Pain that worsens with activity or tight shoes
  • Swelling between the toes


A neuroma can develop as a result of repeated stress or irritation to the nerve. Contributing factors include wearing tight or high-heeled shoes, abnormal foot structure (such as flat feet or high arches), and engaging in high-impact activities like running or sports that place excessive pressure on the forefoot.

Treatment options for a neuroma vary based on the severity of the condition. Common treatments include:

  • Rest and ice: Reducing activity and applying ice to the affected area can help alleviate symptoms.
  • Footwear changes: Switching to shoes with a wider toe box and better support can reduce pressure on the nerve.
  • Orthotic devices: Custom orthotics or pads can help redistribute pressure away from the affected area.
  • Medications: Anti-inflammatory medications or corticosteroid injections can reduce pain and inflammation.
  • Physical therapy: Stretching and strengthening exercises may help improve foot mechanics and reduce symptoms.
  • Surgical intervention: In severe cases, surgery may be necessary to remove the neuroma or release the affected nerve.

If left untreated, a neuroma can lead to increased pain and discomfort, potentially causing difficulty in walking and participating in daily activities. Chronic nerve irritation can result in permanent nerve damage, so it is important to seek treatment if symptoms persist.

You should see a podiatrist if you experience persistent pain, tingling, or numbness in your toes or the ball of your foot. Early intervention can prevent the condition from worsening and provide relief from symptoms. A podiatrist can diagnose the neuroma and recommend an appropriate treatment plan.