Prime Foot and Ankle Care, LLC
Paul Georges, DPM
Podiatrist located in Chelmsford, MA & Gardner, MA
A neuroma, often described as the sensation of stepping on a rock between the third and fourth toes, can be uncomfortable at best and excruciating at worst. In some cases, neuromas can even make it difficult to stand or walk. Dr. Paul Georges at Prime Foot and Ankle has successfully treated hundreds of patients suffering from neuromas; you can trust him to accurately diagnose and effectively treat your foot pain. Dr. Georges serves the greater Lowell, Massachusetts area, including Chelmsford, Dracut, Tewksbury, Westford, Billerica, and Tyngsboro.
Neuroma Q & A
What is a neuroma?
A neuroma is a pinched nerve found in between the toes that causes the tissues around the nerves to thicken. Many patients describe the sensation as being similar to standing on a rock or burning pain between the third and fourth toes, Although neuromas are most common between the third and fourth toes, any toe can be affected. Other symptoms can also include:
- Tingling in the toes
- Swelling in between toes
- Tenderness to the touch
- Pain when weight-bearing
A neuroma can also cause you to walk on your heels or the sides of your feet to avoid the pain in your toes, which can lead to gait problems.
What are the causes of a neuroma?
Although the exact cause is unknown, scientists have identified that some people are at increased risk of this condition because of the biomechanics of their feet. These people include:
- Those with flat feet or very high arches
- Those who have experienced injury, trauma, or repeated stress to the foot
- Those who wear or have worn improperly fitted footwear
- Those who frequently wear high heels or narrow shoes
How are neuromas diagnosed?
In most cases, neuromas are diagnosed based on the information provided by the patient and the information gathered through physical examination of the foot and ankle. In some cases, additional testing may be required.
How do you treat a neuroma?
In many cases, choosing appropriate footwear can produce dramatic improvement for patients suffering from neuromas. While high heels aren’t recommended, low heels can often be worn safely. Dr. Georges can help patients select shoes that provide adequate room and support. Additionally, many patients notice improvement after rest, ice, compression, and elevation.
For patients who don’t experience relief from appropriate shoes and home treatment, custom orthotics may be prescribed to provide better alignment and prevent a pinched nerve from developing. Cortisone and PRP injections have been proven to be beneficial, as well as the use of anti-inflammatory medications. In serious cases, surgical intervention to removed the affected nerve may be necessary.
The best way to determine the correct treatment plan is to obtain a comprehensive evaluation from a podiatrist experienced in treating neuromas. Dr. Georges at Prime Foot and Ankle Care has extensive experience with this condition and works diligently to ensure patients leave feeling better than they arrived.
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