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What is a Neuroma?
A neuroma is a painful condition, also referred to as a “Pinched Nerve” or a nerve tumor. It is a benign growth of nerve tissue frequently found between the third and fourth toes. It bring on pain, a burning sensation, tingling, or numbness between the toes and in the ball of the foot.
The principal symptom associated with a neuroma is pain between the toes while walking. Those suffering from the condition often find relief by stopping their walk, taking off their shoe, and rubbing the affected area. At times, the patient will describe the pain as similar to having a stone in their shoe. The vast majority of people who develop neuromas are women.
Although the exact cause of this condition is unclear, a number of factors can contribute to the formation of a neuroma:
The symptoms of a neuroma can include pain in the forefoot and between the toes, tingling and numbness in the ball of the foot, swelling between the toes and pain in the ball of the foot when weight is placed on it.
Medical care should be sought at the first sign of pain or discomfort. If left untreated, neuromas tend to get worse. Treatment options vary with the severity of each neuroma and identifying the neuroma early in it’s development is important to avoid surgical correction.
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