A neuroma is a growth or tumor of nerve tissue that occurs in the ball of the foot, between the metatarsals. Neuro- is from the Greek for nerve and the suffix -oma denotes swelling.
A nerve courses between each of the metatarsal bones in the foot. When this nerve passes between the metatarsal heads at the ball of the foot, they sometimes become pinched by a shearing force that occurs during pronation, or rotational movement. This occurs most often between the third and fourth, or between the second and third toes. When the nerve is pinched, it becomes irritated, swollen and enlarged.
Patients often will describe a burning or stabbing type of pain in the ball of the foot. The pain will sometimes radiate into the adjacent toes of the foot. Transverse pressure while palpating the toe usually elicits pain.
People say they get relief by removing their shoes and massaging their foot. Orthotics to control the underlying pronation and/or metatarsal pads can also provide relief.
We provide professional clinical treatment for neuromas at the Werkman Foot Clinic in Oakville. Be foot smart and neuroma free! See your Chiropodist regularly!