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A neuroma is a swollen or damaged nerve that runs between the bones of the foot to which your toes attach. It is a benign condition, most commonly found between the third and fourth toes.
Pinching of the nerves from tight shoes or repetitive stress can cause irritation and damage to the nerves that run towards the toes.
Sometimes, the nerves can be damaged by trauma, also.
‘Foot & Ankle Specialists of the Mid-Atlantic’ use sonography of the foot to confirm the diagnosis and to help to locate the nerve damage, so that treatment can be directed at the exact location of the trouble.
The most common complaints with neuromas are cramping, tingling or numbness.
Sometimes, these symptoms can go from the ball of the foot to the toes, or from the ball of the foot to the ankle.
A feeling as if the sock were bunched up can also be a sign of a neuroma.
Tight shoes usually aggravate the symptoms.
Any kind of bending of the toes, or stepping the wrong way, when barefoot, however, can also cause the same symptoms.
If the neuroma becomes large enough, you may even feel a clicking sensation or a lump in the ball of your foot.
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