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Neuroma

Valley Foot and Ankle

Podiatry located in Renton, WA

If you have a sharp pain between your toes when you walk, you could have a nerve tumor, also known as a neuroma. Unfortunately, neuromas generally grow worse if you don’t treat them early. At Valley Foot & Ankle in Renton, Washington, the talented podiatrists have 40 plus years of combined experience in treating neuromas with innovative nonsurgical treatments. Reach out by phone or book an appointment online to get neuroma relief today.

Neuroma Q & A

What are neuromas?

Neuromas are also known as nerve tumors or pinched nerves. You can get neuromas in many parts of your body, but in your feet, they generally appear on the ball of your foot between your third and fourth toes. This is called a Morton's neuroma. 

You can also experience pinched nerves in other parts of your foot, for example, a heel neuroma, which is known as Baxter's neuritis. 

Neuromas can happen for many reasons and the cause isn't always clear. Some common factors include:

  • Trauma to your foot
  • Repetitive foot stress 
  • Biomechanical foot deformity, like flat feet or very high arches
  • Nerve irritation triggered by other foot problems
  • Nerve entrapment during surgery

Neuromas are a painful, frustrating problem that requires treatment as soon as possible. 

What are the signs I have a neuroma?

The telltale sign of Morton's neuroma is generally sharp pain when you're standing or walking. You may experience other symptoms like burning, pins-and-needles sensation, and numbness, as well. Many Morton's neuroma sufferers feel like they're walking with a rock in their shoe.

What is the best treatment for neuromas?

Valley Foot & Ankle uses a variety of state-of-the-art treatments to manage neuromas. Some treatment options include:

Custom orthotics

Valley Foot & Ankle designs custom orthotics using an advanced laser scanner. A custom orthotic fits inside your shoe to correct problematic motion and relieve pressure on the neuroma. 

New footwear

A change of footwear, like discontinuing high heel wear, can alleviate the pressure aggravating your neuroma.

Injections

Corticosteroid injections can relieve nerve inflammation and pain associated with neuromas. Another injection option, hydrodissection, delivers saline or anesthetic to separate the nerve from scar tissue and relieve your pain. 

Radiofrequency ablation

Radiofrequency ablation disables the nerves causing pain with a radiofrequency energy probe. It’s ideal for Morton’s neuromas, Baxter’s neuritis, and other nerve entrapments. Local anesthesia minimizes any discomfort, and any pain generally lasts less than 20 seconds. 

Radiofrequency ablation is a great option for neuroma pain that doesn’t respond to other types of treatment because it relieves your pain without requiring surgery.

The Valley Foot & Ankle team is dedicated to your health and is here to help you walk without pain. Call the office or book an appointment with the online scheduler today.

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