Neuroma Specialist

Gelbmann Podiatry  -  - Podiatry

Gelbmann Podiatry

Podiatry & Board Certified Orthopedic Surgeon, Foot & Ankle Surgeon, & Orthopedic Trauma located in Near Southside & West Town, Chicago, IL

A neuroma causes a burning sensation in the ball of your foot between the third and fourth toes. Anyone can experience a neuroma, but they’re more common in women than men. At Gelbmann Podiatry, with two locations in the Near Southside and West Town neighborhoods of Chicago, Illinois, David Gelbmann, DPM, and Ramsha Tanwir, DPM, provide safe, effective treatment for neuromas. To schedule an appointment, book a consultation online, or call the nearest office today.

Neuroma Q & A

What is a neuroma?

A neuroma is a benign nerve tumor that occurs in the ball of the foot. The thickening of the nerve tissue makes it feel as though there’s a pebble or other hard object in your shoes. 

Experts aren’t entirely sure what causes a neuroma to form, but tight or ill-fitting shoes may contribute. If you regularly experience foot pain and conservative treatments like rest don’t provide relief, don’t wait to seek professional medical help.

What are the symptoms of a neuroma?

Common symptoms of a neuroma include a feeling as if you’re standing on a rock or other hard object, a burning sensation that starts in the ball of your foot and radiates into your toes, and feelings of tingling or numbness. As the condition gets worse, you might find it difficult to stand or walk for lengthy periods.

What causes a neuroma?

No one is entirely sure what causes a neuroma to form, but several factors may contribute, including:

  • Wearing high heels
  • Bunions
  • Hammertoe
  • Flat feet
  • High arches
  • Repeated stress
  • General wear-and-tear 

You’re also more likely to experience a neuroma if you participate in high-impact sports like mountain climbing, running, or skiing.

How is a neuroma diagnosed?

To diagnose a neuroma, Gelbmann Podiatry asks about your symptoms and reviews your medical history. Afterward, they physically examine the ball of your feet, gently pressing on your skin to pinpoint a mass or tender spot.

If your provider suspects an underlying condition like a fracture is causing your pain, they might order X-rays. If your provider suspects a neuroma, they might recommend a diagnostic ultrasound. Ultrasound uses high-frequency soundwaves to take detailed images of the nerves and other soft tissues in your feet.

How is a neuroma treated?

Treatment for a neuroma depends on your health history and individual needs. Usually, Gelbmann Podiatry recommends conservative, non-invasive treatments like wearing custom footpads or heel inserts that provide additional support. 

You might also benefit from over-the-counter pain medication, icing your foot, or wearing more comfortable, supportive shoes.

If your symptoms persist or get worse, more invasive measures of care might be necessary. Your Gelbmann Podiatry provider might recommend:

  • Corticosteroid injections
  • Decompression surgery
  • Removal of the nerve itself
  • Custom orthotics

Ultimately, the goal of neuroma treatment is to limit the pain and restore your mobility.

To further explore treatment for a neuroma, schedule an appointment at Gelbmann Podiatry. Book a consultation online, or call the nearest office today.