Numbness in Your Feet? You Might Have a Neuroma

Do your feet sometimes feel numb? Do you ever feel like there's a stone in your shoe when you're out for a walk, only to find there's nothing there? If you have a neuroma, also called a pinched nerve or a nerve tumor, you could experience symptoms like pain and numbness.

If you want to find out more about the causes of your foot pain and numbness, see our professionals at Town Center Foot & Ankle. Our experienced care team, led by podiatric physician and surgeon Stephen Eichelsdorfer, DPM, can correctly diagnose your foot problems.

Once you receive a diagnosis, Dr. Eichelsdorfer — or Dr. Ike, as our patients call him — can recommend effective treatment plans to get you back on your feet and moving symptom-free.

Symptoms of a neuroma

When you have a neuroma, you develop a benign growth of nerve tissue. Despite being sometimes called nerve tumors, neuromas are not really tumors.

Neuromas most commonly appear between your third and fourth toes. You feel the discomfort associated with a neuroma mostly in the area between the balls of your feet and your toes.

Neuromas cause multiple types of uncomfortable symptoms, including:

Having a neuroma can feel like you have a stone in your shoe. Pain from neuromas often becomes worse when you're active, especially when walking for an extended period of time. Sometimes the discomfort responds positively to rubbing or pressure.

Why neuromas develop

We're still learning about the reasons you might experience neuroma symptoms. Some of the factors that can contribute to developing this condition are:

What we can do to resolve your neuroma symptoms

Neuromas are especially common in women and often respond well to treatment. At Town Center Foot & Ankle, Dr. Ike often recommends:

In extreme cases, our patients with neuromas may need surgical intervention to relieve their symptoms.

If you're dealing with foot discomfort that you think could be from a neuroma, contact us at Town Center Foot & Ankle right away. With the right diagnosis, you can start working to resolve the issue for good. 

Schedule an initial consultation with a member of our team by calling our Kingwood or Atascocita, Texas, office or request an appointment with the online tool.

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