Neuroma services offered in Greenwood, IN

Researchers estimate that about one in three people has a neuroma. Though common, without treatment, a neuroma can interfere with your mobility and quality of life. At Greenwood Foot Clinic, board-certified podiatrist and foot surgeon Mark Lazar, DPM, and his team provide minimally invasive treatments for neuromas, including corticosteroid injections and custom orthotics. To make an appointment, call our office or request an appointment online today.

Neuroma Q&A

What is a neuroma?

A neuroma is a benign (non-cancerous) nerve tumor that forms in the ball of your foot. If you have a neuroma, you might experience pain, sensitivity, or swelling at the base of your toes. As the condition gets worse, you might have trouble standing up or putting weight on your affected foot.

If you think you might have a neuroma, contact Greenwood Foot Clinic immediately. Diagnosis and treatment can prevent the tumor from growing and interfering with your quality of life.

What are the symptoms of a neuroma?

Symptoms of a neuroma include:

  • Sharp, tingling, or burning pain between your toes
  • Swelling between your toes
  • Tingling or numbness in your foot
  • Sensitivity in the ball of your foot
  • Pain that’s worse when you wear high heels

As the nerve tumor grows, it might also feel like there’s a rock or another small object in your shoe or sock.

Who is at risk of experiencing a neuroma?

Several factors may increase your risk of a neuroma, including:

  • Having flat feet or high arches
  • Having an underlying foot condition, like a bunion or a hammertoe 
  • Running
  • Playing certain sports

You’re also more likely to experience a neuroma if you wear shoes like high heels that squeeze your toes together.

How is a neuroma diagnosed?

The team at Greenwood Foot Clinic diagnoses a neuroma during an in-office visit. 

Your provider reviews your medical records and asks about your symptoms, including when the pain started, what it feels like, and if it’s worse during certain activities like exercise. Next, your provider examines your toes and the ball of your foot. They look for redness, swelling, or bruising, and gently press on your foot to identify the source of your discomfort.

If an exam doesn’t provide enough information, your provider might also order diagnostic imaging, like X-rays, a CT scan, or an MRI, to get a closer look at the bones, joints, and soft tissues at the front of your foot.

How is a neuroma treated?

Treatment of a neuroma depends on several factors, including the size of the tumor and the severity of your symptoms. The team at Greenwood Foot Clinic might recommend:

  • Wearing comfortable shoes
  • Custom orthotics
  • Icing your feet several times a day
  • Getting plenty of rest
  • Taking anti-inflammatory medication
  • Corticosteroid injections
  • Alcohol sclerosing injections

If your pain doesn’t respond to conservative treatment, surgery might be necessary.

To learn more about the treatment options for a neuroma, make an appointment by calling Greenwood Foot Clinic or requesting an appointment online today.

Greenwood Foot Clinic
720 Fry Rd, Ste A, Greenwood, IN 46142