Neuroma

MB Comprehensive Foot and Ankle Specialists

Podiatry & Foot and Ankle Surgeons located in Glendale, CA & Palmdale, CA

Anyone, even children, can develop a neuroma in the bottom of their foot, but women are 8-10 times more likely to struggle with this painful condition. The experienced podiatrists at MB Comprehensive Foot and Ankle Specialists offer complete care for neuromas, beginning with conservative treatments that usually ease your pain. If you have pain in the bottom of your foot, don’t wait to get an exam because neuromas get larger and more painful without treatment. To schedule an appointment, call the office in Glendale or Palmdale, California, or use the online booking feature today.

Neuroma Q & A

What is a neuroma?

A neuroma is a benign (noncancerous) mass that develops on a nerve. Neuromas can occur on any nerve in your foot. However, the most common type, Morton’s neuroma, grows on a nerve that runs between your third and fourth toes.

What causes a neuroma to develop?

Neuromas grow when the nerve is pinched (compressed) or irritated, problems that have many possible causes.

A few of the top causes include:

  • Shoes that are too tight
  • Shoes with pointed toes
  • Shoes with high heels
  • Bunions
  • Hammertoes
  • Flat feet
  • Nerve injury
  • Pronation (rolling your foot inward)
  • Repetitive, high-impact activities (running)


The most common cause is wearing shoes that put excessive pressure on the nerve.

What symptoms develop if I have a neuroma?

Neuromas get larger over time, causing symptoms such as:

  • Severe pain in the front of your foot
  • Pain in the ball of your foot when walking
  • Tingling in the ball of your foot
  • Numbness in the ball of your foot
  • Swelling between your toes
  • Burning pain that radiates to your toes

In the early stages, patients often say it feels like they have a small pebble in their shoe.

How is a neuroma treated?

As soon as foot pain begins, switch to shoes that have plenty of toe room and heels lower than two inches. Over-the-counter shoe pads may also help relieve some of the pressure and ease the pain.

However, don’t wait too long to see the team at MB Comprehensive Foot and Ankle Specialists. Neuromas tend to get worse over time when they go untreated. Additionally, early treatment gives you a good chance of avoiding surgery.

After examining your foot and, in some cases, ordering X-rays, your provider develops a treatment plan that may include one or more of the following:

  • Shoe padding
  • Taping
  • Anti-inflammatory medications
  • Custom orthotics
  • Corticosteroid injections
  • Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections
  • Alcohol sclerosing injections

Alcohol injections reduce the size of the neuroma, which significantly relieves your pain.

Most neuromas improve with conservative treatments. If your pain persists or gets worse, you may need outpatient surgery to remove the inflamed and enlarged nerve.

If you have pain on the bottom of your foot or it feels like you’re walking on a stone, it’s time to get an exam and check for a neuroma. Call MB Comprehensive Foot and Ankle Specialists, or request an appointment online today.