Medical City Dallas

Baylor, Scott & White Plano


Burning, Sharp Ball of Foot Pain | Neuroma Treatment

by Dr. Joel W. Brook
Dr. Joel Brook is a board-certified podiatrist and foot and ankle surgeon at Dallas Podiatry Works in TX.
“Hi, I’m Dr. Brook. We’re going to talk to you today a little bit about neuromas. Neuromas are inflammations of nerves, typically occurring in the front part of the foot, or the forefoot. There are several nerves, responsible for providing innervation to the toes. A neuroma typically occurs with the nerve that goes between the third and the fourth metatarsal bone.

In all, treatment of neuromas is a very effective therapy, and we are happy to share those with you.

Neuromas are formed by irritation of the nerves affecting the toes. The nerves run in small, anatomic spaces, so they are easily irritated. Once irritated, scar tissue forms around the nerve, thereby enlarging the nerve and making it more prone to continued and repetitive injury.

Neuromas typically occur spontaneously. There are times when they can occur in response to either direct trauma, or the trauma occurs from repetitive injury to the nerve from running or jumping.

There are several treatment options we have for treating neuromas, which typically respond well to conservative care. The first treatment involves the use of anti-inflammatory medications, both oral and injectable. Those can both be very effective. We can also offload the region using orthotics or different types of pads to help take pressure off of the region. Should those measures not be effective, we have another therapy available to us. This involves the use of nerve ablation therapy, with the NeuroTherm machine. This is a simple, in-office procedure providing effective relief in 70-80% of the cases. As a last resort, we can use surgical intervention to help treat neuromas. This is really not done very frequently, but this typically involves removal of the affected nerve.

If there are any issues or questions you have, please feel free to call us. Thank you for being our patient, and we are honored to be part of your health care team!”

"I did 3 EPAT treatments and it gave me tremendous relief from my plantar fasciitis. I highly recommend this for anyone who is dealing with PF. Also, the physical therapist Dr. Brook sent me too is fantastic. I am definitely on the mend and so glad I did EPAT."- All H. 5 star all h
"Dr Northcutt is a fantastic physician. My first surgery with him (although painful), went very well. A couple of issues (with his staff) needed to be corrected, I appreciated his calm and professional demeanor and he corrected those issues promptly. He sets the bar high (the mark of a great physician), and that is the key reason why I'm coming back to him to correct my other foot. I would highly recommend him."- She B. 5 star
"The staff at Dallas Podiatry Works could not have been more courteous, helpful, and professional in doing their job. They made me feel comfortable when I was there, which is certainly appreciated. They answered all the questions that I had and just made each visit the most pleasurable that it could be. I would highly recommend them to anyone needing this type of care."- Joseph B. 5 star
"My experience was a good one from pre-op to post -op. I saw the doctor right before my surgery.He explained the process to me and my husband. The recovery nurse was great. It was neither crowded or chaotic as some day surgery centers. My foot is doing well as I follow instructions. I look forward to my one week progress visit!"- Patricia T.5 star
"I had dealt with a painful foot problem for five months and had seen three different Doctors before seeing an article in D Magazine about Dr. Joel Brook. Dr. Brook took one look at my foot, explained the causes for my pain and set me up on a successful treatment plan. He is very knowledgeable, thorough and exhibits a caring attitude. I highly recommend him."- Ginger W. 5 star
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