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Neuroma - Overview and Causes

Published March 30, 2015

There can be many causes foot pain, and one of the most common is due to a neuroma. Neuormas are benign soft tissue growths around the nerve, commonly found in between the third and fourth toes.  It often causes burning, tingling or numbness in the toes or in the ball of the foot. The pain often feels like there is a rock in one's shoe, and individuals often feel relief after removing their shoes and rubbing the affected area.

A number of factors can contribute to the cause of a neuroma, and high-heeled shoes have been directly linked to their development.  High heels can lead to excessive stress on the toes and squeeze the toe box. Other causes may include biomechanical deformities such as flat feet or high arches, foot trauma, improper or rigid shoes that do not allow for the toes to move, and repeated stress on the feet.

The good news is that many of the contributing sources of neuromas can be eliminated to prevent the pain from progressing or worsening.  The doctors at Progressive Foot Care can provide options for you for managing neuroma conditions.


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