A neuroma develops when the protective coating that surrounds a nerve becomes thickened and scarred. This is called a Morton’s neuroma when it occurs in the nerve that runs to the 3rd and 4th toes. However, neuromas can occur in the nerves that supply any of the toes or elsewhere in the foot and ankle. Neuromas cause burning, cramping, shooting and sharp pain in the ball of the foot which often extends into the toes.
Treatment of neuroma usually requires the use of appropriate footwear and orthotic therapy with specially placed deflective padding. When symptoms persist cortisone injections may be indicated and will be administered by our podiatric surgeon Read more. Surgery to remove the neuroma is usually indicated in the small number of cases where symptoms are unresponsive to 3 months of conservative treatment.