What is Neuroma?

A neuroma is a thickening of nerve tissue that may develop in various parts of the body. The most common neuroma in the foot is the Morton’s neuroma, which occurs at the base of the third and fourth toes.  Neuromas can occur in other locations in the foot. The thickening, or enlargement, of the nerve that defines a neuroma is the result of compression and irritation of the nerve. Compression creates swelling of the nerve, eventually leading to permanent nerve damage.

What causes Neuroma?

Anything that causes compression or irritation of the nerve can lead to the development of a neuroma. One of the most common offenders is wearing shoes that have a tapered toe box, or high heeled shoes that cause the toes to be forced into the toe box. People with certain foot deformities are at a higher risk for developing a neuroma. An injury or other type of trauma to the area may also lead to a neuroma.


Symptoms of a neuroma are:
  • Tingling, burning, or numbness
  • Pain
  • Feeling that something is inside the ball of the foot, or that there’s a rise in the shoe or a sock is bunched up.


  • Padding. Padding provides support for the metatarsal arch, lessening the pressure on the nerve and decreasing the compression when walking.
  • Icing. Placing an icepack over the affected area helps reduce swelling.

If you are suffering from a Neuroma, please call us at 704-504-1004 or Click Here to request an appointment.

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InStride - Queen City Foot and Ankle Specialists

11030 South Tryon Street
Suite 308
Charlotte, NC 28273