Manhattan Podiatry Associates, PC
Podiatrists located in Midtown & Downtown, New York, NY
When dealing with pain in the ball of the foot, you may have a neuroma. At Manhattan Podiatry Associates, doctors are trained to deal with neuromas, or pinched nerves, in the feet. New York City patients can visit two convenient locations in Midtown West and Midtown East, NY.
Neuroma Q & A
What is a Neuroma?
A neuroma is a painful condition which affects the nerves in the ball of the foot. The condition is also referred to as a pinched nerve condition or a nerve tumor. If is often caused by a benign growth of nerve tissue usually found between the third and fourth toes. It can cause a burning sensation, tingling, pain, and numbness between these toes and in the ball of the foot. The pain can be decreased when the person takes of his or her shoes, stops walking, or rubbing the area. Patients describe it as feeling like there is a stone in their shoe. The condition is more prevalent in women.
What Causes a Neuroma?
The exact cause is unknown but many factors can contribute to the development of the condition including:
- High-arched feet or flatfeet can cause a neuroma. These foot types can have unstable toe joints which contribute to the condition.
- Injury can cause damage nerves and cause it to swell.
- Footwear which squeezes the toes together is problematic. High-heeled shoes higher than two inches can increase pressure on the forefoot area and pinch the nerves.
- Repeated stress to the area can cause a neuroma or make it worse.
How are Neuromas Treated?
Treatment options used will depend on how severe the condition is and include:
- Thick-soled shoes with a wide toe can help milder neuromas.
- Special padding at the ball of the foot can change how the foot functions and relieve symptoms.
- Anti-inflammatory medications and cortisone injections can be prescribed to ease pain and swelling.
- Custom orthotics can be useful in controlling foot function and can reduce symptoms, preventing the worsening of the condition.
- When the condition is severe surgery is often used. The procedure removes the inflamed and enlarged nerve. Recovery time is often a few weeks. The podiatric physician will thoroughly describe the surgical procedures and the outcome patients can expect.
In an effort to minimize out-of-pocket expense, we accept and participate in most managed care and insurance plans. If you have a question about your insurance, or if your plan is not listed below, please call our expert staff. We have a trained full-time insurance coordinator to assist every patient with insurance forms and questions.
Words from our patients
"...the office and exam rooms are clean, the front desk people are always courteous and welcoming and the nurses are super efficient and friendly."
"I'm happy to say that I think my foot problems are behind me and I have Dr. Shapiro and his wonderful staff to thank for that."
"Every appointment the staff was on time and there was no need to wait, which is wonderful when you need to leave work to make a mid-day appt."
"I found Dr. Abramow to be friendly, professional, knowledgeable, and forthcoming about everything involved in my surgery. I would recommend him to a friend..."
"He was incredibly friendly and communicative -- answered all my questions and luckily was able to quickly diagnose my ailment. "
"The doctor took his time and was very good at explaining what was causing the pain in my foot. I would definitely recommend Dr. Landsman to my family and friends!"