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When to See a Podiatrist About Your Neuroma

When to See a Podiatrist About Your Neuroma

Whether you call it a neuroma, a pinched nerve, or a nerve tumor, the end result is the same: searing pain in your foot. Regardless of what contributed to your neuroma — high arches, traumatic injuries, and repeat strain can contribute to neuromas — your goal is to get relief.

While rest, shoe changes, and cold compresses can help, when should you consider podiatric care? We’ve got the answer. Here are seven signs it’s time to see a podiatrist about your neuroma, courtesy of our podiatric surgeons at Manhattan Podiatry Associates, PC, in Midtown and Downtown Manhattan.

 1. You have persistent foot pain

If you experience persistent pain in the ball of your foot or between your toes, don’t brush it off. This is a classic sign of a neuroma. Many people describe the sensations as if you’ve got a marble or a pebble stuck in your shoe.

2. Your pain is worse with weight-bearing activities

In addition to how often you have pain, think about when you feel the most discomfort. Neuromas tend to cause more pain with weight-bearing activities such as walking, standing, or wearing tight shoes.

3. Your pain affects your quality of life

If your pain is interfering with your ability to engage in everyday activities or impacting your quality of life, it's time to give us a call.

4. Your toes tingle

Neuromas can cause tingling, burning, or numbness in the affected area, which may radiate to your toes or surrounding areas. These sensory disturbances are a sign that your nerves are compressed.

5. There’s a visible lump

In some cases, a neuroma may cause a visible lump or swelling, particularly between your third and fourth toes. This is referred to as Morton’s neuroma, and your Manhattan Podiatry Associates, PC, provider can palpate your foot to check for it.

6. You can’t stand to wear shoes

Neuromas often cause discomfort or pain when wearing shoes, especially tight or constrictive footwear. The tighter your shoes, the more pressure is put on the affected area. If you find yourself avoiding certain shoes — or avoiding shoes altogether — it's a sign that you should seek professional care at one of our two New York City locations.

7. You have diabetes

Individuals with diabetes are at increased risk of developing foot complications, including neuropathy and neuromas. If you have diabetes and experience foot pain, tingling, or numbness, give us a call at the first sign of a problem.

What to Expect When You See a Podiatrist About Your Neuroma

There are two end goals when you see a podiatrist for a neuroma: confirm that you have a neuroma and get relief. That’s exactly what our team does.

Our first step is to confirm you have a neuroma and rule out any other conditions that may be causing your foot pain. Neuromas are diagnosed through a combination of medical history, review of symptoms, physical examination, and imaging tests, such as an X-ray to rule out fractures.

Depending on the severity of your neuroma, you may benefit from:

Don’t let an untreated neuroma zap your quality of life. To explore your treatment options, schedule your appointment with our team today.

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