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Nerve Entrapment / Neuroma


Thickening of the tissue that surrounds the nerve leading to the toes. Burning pain in the ball of the foot that may goes into the toes which generally intensifies with activity or wearing shoes. There may also be numbness or an unpleasant feeling in the toes.

How did I get this?

Anything that causes compression or irritation of the nerve can lead to the development of a neuroma (e.g. wearing high heeled or tight shoes). Foot deformities are risk factors. Injury and trauma to the feet can also lead to this condition.

What can I do about it?

  • Placing an icepack on the affected area helps reduce swelling.
  • Activities that put repetitive pressure on the neuroma should be avoided until the condition improves.
  • Wear shoes with a wide toe box and avoid narrow-toed shoes or shoes with high heels.
  • Padding techniques provide support lessening the pressure on the nerve and decreasing the compression when walking.

What help can I get for this?

  • Podiatry consultation for treatments that include footwear advice, padding, orthotics, and may advise guided injections for alleviating the pain.
  • Surgery may be considered if not responded adequately to non-surgical treatments.

When will it get better?

Appropriate treatment can provide swift relief, but you will still need to consider long-term measures to help keep your symptoms from returning.