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What Does a Neuroma Actually Feel Like?

What Does a Neuroma Actually Feel Like?

Have you ever had a pebble inside your shoe? What about a sock that bunches up? These are the sensations commonly described to explain a neuroma — a condition requiring treatment from a podiatrist. 

At Foot + Ankle Specialty Centers, with six Arizona locations, our providers — Payam Sarraf, DPMKate Kennedy, DPMKaty Statler, DPMAndrew Goodeill, DPMChristopher Van Damme, DPMAmelia Harris, DPM, and Sina Safar, DPM — offer diagnosis and treatment for neuromas. 

Neuroma 101

Although it’s sometimes called a benign tumor, a neuroma isn’t a tumor at all. Instead, it’s nerve tissue that has thickened. 

Neuromas are five times more likely to occur in women than in men. Risk factors include:

What a neuroma feels like 

The patient will need to be able to describe what they’re experiencing to our team.

A neuroma feels like there’s a pebble or rock inside your shoe. Some people also describe it as a bunched-up sock or a marble under their foot. However, when they look for something causing the sensation, there’s nothing there. 

Neuromas don’t create a bump or any outward signs on the foot. It is common to feel tingling or numbness and sometimes even a burning sensation. These signs mean you are probably experiencing a neuroma. 

How Foot + Ankle Specialty Centers can help 

We want to help you avoid pain and discomfort and start feeling like your old self again. If you’re experiencing a neuroma, running, walking, or standing without pain can be challenging. That’s why it’s essential to seek help for this condition. 

Several treatments can relieve neuroma, including custom orthotics, steroid injections, over-the-counter pain medications, and physical therapy. In severe cases, surgery to remove the damaged nerves might be necessary. 

Of course, you’ll need to make some changes in your day-to-day life, which can include not wearing high heels, choosing shoes with adequate room in the toe box, and taking a break from repetitive activities like running. Over time, you will see improvements.

You don’t have to live with a neuroma

Neuromas are uncomfortable, painful, and challenge your mobility. But there are treatment options when you seek professional help. 

We offer six clinics in Arizona where you can discuss your neuroma treatment with a licensed provider. Call us today or visit us online to make an appointment. 

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