A neuroma is a tender area that develops as a result of an overgrowth or swelling of nerve tissue. Sometimes referred to as benign nerve tumors, neuromas tend to develop in the ball of the foot where pressure is concentrated during walking, standing, and other activities, but they can occur in other areas as well. One of the most common types of neuroma in the feet is Morton's Neuroma, a painful swelling that occurs in the ball of the foot. Most neuromas can be diagnosed with an examination of the foot which looks for lumps or bumps under the skin that are associated with neuroma symptoms when pressed or touched.
Morton's Neuroma causes localized pain and tenderness in the ball of the foot, the fleshy portion of the bottom of the foot below the toes. It also causes pain and numbness that radiate into the toes, making walking and other motion painful. Symptoms can become worse when pressure is applied and when wearing shoes. Morton's Neuroma is more common among patients who wear shoes that are tight or binding in the toes, as well as among those who routinely wear high heels, which increase the pressure on the ball of the foot. Sometimes, Morton's Neuroma will develop as a result of repetitive stress or strain, in particular among some athletes.
Very mild forms of neuromas caught in their earliest stages may sometimes be treated by switching to shoes that fit more comfortable and provide ample room in the toe area. Custom orthotics can be very helpful in redistributing weight and relieving the pressure associated with triggering painful symptoms. Oral pain medications and injections of corticosteroids to reduce inflammation may also help as can gentle stretching exercises to promote better circulation in the area. In very few cases, surgery may be recommended.
We accept all major insurance providers. For questions regarding your personal insurance provider, please feel free to call us at (773) 309-4335.
"The office is nice, very clean and makes you comfortable. I highly recommend Dr. Schwartz for your podiatry needs."