Neuroma Specialist

F. Keith Nebeker, DPM -  - Foot & Ankle Surgeon

F. Keith Nebeker, DPM

Foot & Ankle Surgeon located in Reno, NV

If standing or walking causes you pain, numbness, or tingling, you may have a nerve condition known as a neuroma. A neuroma can make daily life aggravating, especially if you’re on your feet a lot of the time. F. Keith Nebeker, DPM, is a skilled podiatrist who treats neuroma in Reno, Nevada. To schedule an evaluation, call the office or book an appointment online.

Neuroma Q & A

What is neuroma?

A neuroma in the foot is a non-cancerous swelling along the nerve that carries sensations from the toes. This swelling causes irritation and inflammation on the surrounding bones and ligaments.

The most common neuroma of the foot is Morton’s neuroma, which develops between the third and fourth toes. A neuroma can also develop between the second and third toes or other locations on the foot.

What causes a neuroma?

The exact causes of neuroma are unknown, but research links certain risk factors to the conditions. Some of the factors related to neuroma include wearing high heels, pointy-toed shoes, or tight athletic shoes, as well as participating in repetitive, high-impact sports like running.

Foot malformation, such as flat feet, bunions, or hammertoes, can also lead to a neuroma. These conditions cause neuroma by putting pressure on the nerve, causing irritation that leads to swelling and further complications.

What are the symptoms of neuroma?

Pain is the most common symptom of a neuroma. This is frequently described as a burning sensation.

Some other signs of a neuroma are:

  • Numbness or tingling at the base of the toes
  • Pain that spreads from the ball of the foot to the tips of the toes
  • The sensation of a lump, or a “hot pebble,” between the toes

Your symptoms may come and go, and they may be aggravated by standing for long periods. You may find temporary relief when you remove your shoes, flex your toes, or rub your feet. However, the pain usually returns when you are on your feet again.

How is a neuroma treated?

If your neuroma is painful, Dr. Nebeker usually recommends therapeutic treatment, such as:

  • Switching to shoes with low heels, wide toes, and good arch support
  • Using metatarsal pads or toe crest pads
  • Using shoe inserts to help correct any mechanical imbalance in the foot
  • Anti-inflammatory medication
  • A local injection of anesthetic and corticosteroid medication

More than 80% of people with a neuroma respond to conservative treatment. For people who have persistent, disabling symptoms, surgery is an option.

If you experience foot pain that may be caused by a neuroma, schedule an evaluation with Dr. Nebeker so you can begin treatment and get back to a pain-free life. Call the office or book an appointment online today.