There is a lot of vocabulary associated with the feet. You are probably familiar with calluses, high or low arches, even an Achilles tendon. You have most likely never heard of a neuroma, unless you or a family member is suffering from one. If you are suffering from pain in your foot, a neuroma may be to blame. Here’s more information about neuromas.
A neuroma is a painful bundle of nerves near a previous injury. One of the most common places for a neuroma to form is around the toes if you have arch problems, such as a high or a low arch. With arch problems, your toe joints can become unstable, and a neuroma can form. Depending on the severity of the neuroma, you may experience periods of pain, or near constant pain. The nerves around the neuroma may become inflamed and swell, which only makes the pain worse.
As horrible as it sounds, there are treatments available for neuromas. One of the most effective treatments is to have specialized pads to cushion your feet and lessen both the pain and inflammation around your toes. For many people, the use of pads is a game changer. You may also want to try using heat on the painful areas and be sure and ask your doctor about treatments that use heat to relieve nerve pain. If the neuroma is too large or severe, other treatments, such as injections and surgery may be necessary.
The best way to avoid a neuroma is to make sure you have arch supports that are custom made to protect your arches from damage. If your arches are protected, your toes will be too, which means you are far less likely to develop a neuroma.