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What Is a Neuroma?


When you say someone is “getting on your nerves,” you mean that particular person is annoying or frustrating you in some way. As with many common sayings, it isn’t literal, but there are times when something literally on a nerve can cause problems – like the development of a neuroma.

What is a neuroma? Well, it is a nerve tissue that has become thickened or enlarged on account of external pressure being placed upon it. Depending on the case—and this can vary—the pressure might be coming from a tumor of some sort, or it could come from tissues normally present in the body. An example of this could be a neuroma that develops in the front of the foot for someone who spends a lot of time on the front of his or her feet. Gardeners and baseball catchers are examples of people who can be in a crouched position for an excessive time.

The pressure on the nerve can impair or disrupt its ability to communicate with the brain. As such, the pinched nerve can produce burning or tingling sensations, pain, and even numbness. For some patients, there is an experience of feeling as though they are standing on pebble when no object is actually under the foot.

Treatment for a neuroma is important. Relieving the symptoms is definitely a consideration, but, more importantly, a neuroma left untreated can potentially become a permanent condition. Treatment can relieve the symptoms and be a step in allowing the affected nerve to heal and return to its natural state.

Our treatment plan will depend on your specific condition, but may include conservative options like medication, orthotic devices, padding, or taping. In some cases, we may need to use a minor surgical procedure to either decompress the affected nerve or, if that is not possible, remove the damaged nerve altogether. Of course, we will use conservative methods first before considering surgery.

If you would like more information about neuromas or nerve issues in the feet, or you want to schedule an appointment with either our Plano or Dallas, TX offices, call us toll-free at 972.566.7474. You can also take advantage of our online formto contact Dallas Podiatry Works today!

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