Nerve or Tissue Damage
Most commonly when the term neuroma is used, it refers to the swelling and inflammation of a nerve specifically between the metatarsal and the toes. There are, however, multiple nerves of the foot, ankle and leg that may become traumatized in one way or another. These give rise to a whole multitude of symptoms, most of which are associated with burning, localized pain, tingling and numb feelings. The pain can be quite annoying and the skin may be very sensitive. The pain increases when anything irritates the affected area.
Cause: Swelling and inflammation may be caused by any number of reasons, some of which may include: Pregnancy, obesity, injury, poor circulation, etc.
The treatment consists of desensitization of the nerve. This includes the use of sedative nerve medications, an anesthetic nerve patch and physical therapy treatments. If these fail to alleviate or control the symptoms then removal of the neuroma and the affected nerve may be performed. This typically will remove the nerve pain and leave the area of the foot or ankle numb.
Make an appointment with our Board-Certified Pedorthist for a consultation and to determine what footwear would fit your feet the best and not aggravate or irritate your sensitive areas. Orthotics MAY assist with pain or discomfort from any nerve or tissue damage.