Neuromas Can Act Up


Neuromas can cause immense havoc as they affect the nerves of your feet. They also affect the toes and ball of your foot. The pain can be sporadic and difficult to predict.

What is A Neuroma?

A neuroma is an inflamed nerve that happens at the base of the toes or on the bottom of the foot. It develops when a nerve is repeatedly pinched and symptoms include numbness, burning, the feeling of a bulge between the toes, and cramping in toes during movement.

How Do I Know If I Have a Neuroma?

To determine if the foot is suffering from this particular condition, ultrasound can be used to detect soft tissue complications. MRI’s are more innovative and can also be used to detect the presence of neuromas. Factors that increase the chances of acquiring neuromas are flat feet, shoes with high heels or those that are narrow. Immediate treatment is recommended to avoid complications.

Treatments for Neuromas

  • Use padding or shoe inserts to support the arch and provide space in between toes thereby reducing the pressure that may have been placed on the pinched nerve.

  • Use orthotics in your shoes to redistribute pressure placed on the foot to optimize support in areas that need it the most.

  • Physical therapy that includes stretching of the toes.

  • Wear shoes with wide toe boxes to allow toes to move freely.

  • If the methods discussed above are not successful, surgery may be necessary to remove the neuroma or reduce pressure in the area afflicted.

Neuromas can bring significant pain and sporadic discomfort that may cause significant disruptions to your mobility. Here at Performance Foot & Ankle Specialists, LLC, our podiatrist, Joel S. Segalman, DPM, can work with your specific neuroma pain to provide tailored treatment that can help get your feet back in business! Please contact us to make an appointment as we have two offices conveniently located in Waterbury & Newtown, CT. We will deliver the treatment that your feet need.