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Sometimes referred to as a “pinched nerve” or a nerve tumor, a neuroma is a benign growth of nerve tissue. Neuromas can be very painful, often appearing between the third and fourth toes. This pain may be felt while walking, and individuals with a neuroma may feel inclined to remove their shoes for relief. If identified early, it may be possible to slow the progression of a neuroma or reverse it entirely. Sometimes, patients will wait to see a podiatrist until the situation is much worse, which may call for surgery to remove the neuroma.

What Causes a Neuroma?

There is no one cause for a neuroma, but rather several contributing factors that could play a role in developing one. These factors include:

  • Trauma to the foot that damages the nerve, resulting in swelling or inflammation
  • Wearing unsuitable footwear that squeezes the toes together, such as high heels
  • Repeated stress, common to many occupations that require long periods of standing
  • Biomechanical deformities of the foot such as flat feet or a high arch

Symptoms of a Neuroma

If you find yourself experiencing these symptoms, you may be suffering from a neuroma. and should consider visiting our foot doctor in Plainfield or Bolingbrook before the condition worsens.

  • Pain between the toes and at the forefoot
  • Numbness or tingling in the ball of the foot
  • Swelling, especially in between the toes
  • Pain when you put weight on your foot

Treating a Neuroma

If you are experiencing symptoms and think you may be developing a neuroma, there are things you can do at home to slow or reverse the progression. Here are some suggestions:

  • Rest your foot and massage the affected area
  • Switch to shoes with low heels and ample room for your toes to move
  • Wear shoes with proper insoles and shock-absorbing soles
  • Use over-the-counter shoe pads

Without taking steps such as these (and sometimes, even if you do), your neuroma may worsen and require more serious intervention. When you come in for an appointment, your podiatrist will examine your foot and possibly x-ray the area. Further treatment could include:

  • Anti-inflammatory medication or cortisone injections
  • Padding, taping, or custom orthotics to adjust the functioning of your foot
  • Surgery to remove the enlarged nerve

Call a Foot Doctor in Bolingbrook or Plainfield

Suburban Foot & Ankle has two conveniently located offices. Depending on which is closer for you, please make an appointment with our foot doctor in Bolingbrook or Plainfield if you are concerned you may be developing a neuroma. Your podiatrist can help determine the best course of action for dealing with your foot pain.

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Two Convenient Locations


15724 S. Rt 59 Unit 100

Plainfield, IL 60544

815-439-1188 phone

815-439-2453 fax

Illinois Podiatric Medical Association


215 Remington Blvd., Suite A2

Bolingbrook, IL 60440

630-226-9860 phone

815-439-2453 fax

American Podiatric Medical Association