At Foot & Ankle Reconstruction in Jasper and Woodstock, GA, Dr. Bret J. Hintze believes that patients deserve a friendly doctor who listens attentively and cares for their well-being. Some of us are familiar with how a pinched nerve feels. It's tingly, uncomfortable, and can hinder us from performing our daily activities. When this sensation occurs between the toes, along with numbness, or burning, it may be due to a neuroma - a painful condition that can be challenging to find relief from at-home but is remedial with the help of your local foot doctor. If you are unfamiliar with neuromas, read on to learn more. Please schedule a consultation with our Woodstock foot doctor to discuss treatment.
What are Neuromas?
A neuroma occurs when the nerve tissue thickens inside the foot - or in various other parts of the body. That thickening results from compression and irritation of the nerve that creates an enlargement, which eventually leads to permanent nerve damage. The most common type occurs between the third and fourth toes and brings on significant discomfort in the ball or other parts of the foot. If you've ever walked and felt like there was a stone in your shoes, a neuroma can feel just like this. Neuromas are non-cancerous and often go away with non-invasive treatment, but Dr. Hintze may recommend surgery for more severe cases.
Causes and Symptoms
A common offender of neuromas is wearing high-heel shoes or footwear with a tapered-toe. Toes require room to breathe, and when they are limited to a small space, they suffocate, and the nerves compress. Anything that causes compression or irritation of the nerve can lead to the development of a neuroma, and people with deformities like hammertoes, bunions, or flat feet, can increase a person's risk of developing the condition. Common symptoms include:
- Swelling, burning, tingling, numbness, between the toes
- Pain in the ball of the foot when applying weight
- A feeling that something is inside the ball of the foot
When to Visit a Podiatrist
You should seek medical attention from a foot doctor at the first sign of pain or discomfort. Because neuromas have different levels of severity, Dr. Hintze will recommend treatment depending on several factors, such as how long they have been present and whether or not at-home treatment is effective. If neuromas are underdeveloped, he may suggest special padding to improve foot function, anti-inflammatories to reduce pain, or custom-orthotics to prevent worsening of the condition. All minimally-invasive options will be explored in our Woodstock, GA, office before recommending surgery.
If at-home remedies aren't working to treat your neuroma, consult with your local foot doctor to receive a proper diagnosis. Dr. Bret J. Hintze can identify the cause and create a custom treatment plan tailored toward your specific needs. For more information about neuroma, other conditions we treat, and services provided in our Woodstock, GA, office, visit our website. To schedule a consultation at Foot & Ankle Reconstruction, please call (770) 999-0703 or (770) 999-0804 for our Jasper, GA, location.