What is a neuroma?
A neuroma is an inflammation of a foot nerve due to an accumulation of tension in the area. This will cause pain at the ball of your feet and is usually described as a sharp, paralyzing sensation. A neuroma can also cause numbness around the toes. When left untreated, a neuroma will get bigger with time. As a neuroma gets bigger, it will create more pain with every movement of the foot.
How to treat a neuroma?
The key to treating a neuroma is to stop the friction and compression, which is causing the neuroma to become bigger.
1. Reducing the friction and compression
A mechanical defect in your foot, ankle, knees or hips is usually the cause of your neuroma. Your podiatrist is trained to evaluate and establish the exact cause of your neuroma. After determining the mechanical cause of your neuroma, your podiatrist can prescribe and make a custom-made plantar orthotic to treat it. By directly treating the cause of your neuroma, your podiatrist is able to stop the vicious cycle that is causing you pain. Your podiatrist can also utilize sport tapping to temporarily relieve your neuroma from the excessive friction and compression.
2. Reducing your neuroma pain
Aside from treating the cause of your neuroma, your podiatrist can also treat the pain associated with it. As the neuroma becomes bigger, the inflammation associated with it becomes more severe and painful. By using diagnosis ultrasound, your podiatrist can visualize the condition of your neuroma and perform an ultrasound-guided cortisone injection to relieve you from your neuroma pain. In addition, your podiatrist can also prescribe anti-inflammatory medication to relieve your neuroma pain.
How to treat a neuroma at home?
While waiting for your podiatric consultation, you can relieve your pain at home by following these steps: