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Neuroma Specialist

Dr. Wenjay Sung

Podiatrist located in Greater Los Angeles, Arcadia, CA

Neuromas cause pain and burning sensations that can extend from the bottom of the foot to the toes. As a top-rated podiatrist in Arcadia, CA, Dr. Wenjay Sung, DPM, offers targeted, effective solutions for the treatment of neuromas, relieving symptoms while restoring pain-free mobility.

Neuroma Q &A

What is a neuroma?

A neuroma is a swelling or overgrowth of nerve tissue that is sometimes referred to as a benign nerve tumor. Most neuromas form in the ball of the foot, the area located on the bottom of the foot just below the toes, which is subjected to considerable pressure when standing, walking, running or jumping. Morton's neuroma is one of the most common types of neuromas, occurring in the ball portion of the foot near the base of the toes.

What kinds of symptoms are associated with neuromas?

Neuromas cause localized pain directly over and surrounding the nerve tissue. Some neuromas including Morton's neuroma can also cause radiating pain, numbness and burning sensations in the toes or other areas of the foot, especially when pressure is applied to the affected nerve tissue or when wearing shoes. Wearing high heels or shoes that are very tight, especially in the toe area, also exacerbates symptoms. Athletes are also at an increased risk for developing neuromas as a result of repetitive and overuse injuries.

How is a neuroma diagnosed?

In most cases, a neuroma can be diagnosed with a simple examination of the foot, gently palpating (pressing) the foot to detect bumps or lumps that are associated with painful sensations.

How is a neuroma treated?

Treatment is simplest when a neuroma is caught in its earliest stages, which is why it's essential to see a podiatrist at the first sign of tenderness or other symptoms. Mild neuromas can sometimes be treated by wearing shoes that provide more room in the toe area or with custom orthotics to redistribute weight and shift the pressure on the bottom of the foot. Pain medicines and corticosteroid injections can also help resolve symptoms, and sometimes, exercises may help by improving circulation to help promote healing in the area. In some cases, surgery may be required.

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