Often referred to as Morton’s neuroma, a neuroma is basically a benign growth of nerve tissue usually located between the third and fourth toes. Many sufferers describe the condition as feeling like they are walking on a stone. Neuromas are more common in women.
Symptoms of neuromas may include swelling between your toes, pain in the upper part of the foot between the toes, tingling or numbness in the ball of the foot, and pain when weight is placed on the ball of the foot.
Doctors are unable to pinpoint the exact cause behind the formation of a neuroma. However, there are some recurring characteristics associated with this condition. These include:
Patients should visit the podiatrist as soon as they suspect signs of a neuroma. This condition can progressively worsen if left untreated.
When you come to Central Massachusetts Podiatry for treatment of a neuroma, our doctors are able to provide the most comprehensive diagnostic evaluations. Our in-house radiology services allow our health care providers to conveniently order x-rays to determine the cause of your foot pain. Your doctor will also conduct a physical examination, and may order additional testing as needed.
Treatment for your neuroma will depend on the likely cause of your symptoms and their severity. Your doctor will generally start with conservative treatment options, such as arch supports and foot pads that help relieve pressure on the nerve. In more serious cases, steroid injections may be required for pain management. Surgical options may include decompression or removal of the nerve.
We participate with most local and many national insurance plans. However, it is your responsibility to understand whether your insurance has limits on the doctors you can see or the services you can receive. If you provide complete and accurate information about your insurance, we will submit claims to your insurance carrier and receive payments for services. Depending on your insurance coverage, you may be responsible for co-payments, co-insurance, or other deductible amounts. Please contact our billing office or call your insurance carrier should you have any questions.
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