Sole Survivors: Finding Comfort and Relief from Neuromas

by | Oct 31, 2023

 

Do you ever get a shooting pain in the ball of your foot or the sensation that there is a pebble or balled-up sock under the ball of your foot? If you answered yes, you could have a neuroma! Let’s talk about some common treatments for neuroma that can help you get back on the road to life without foot pain.

What is a neuroma?

A neuroma is a pinched nerve in the ball of your foot, and it can become quite painful! The good news is neuromas generally respond well to conservative care.

How do you treat neuromas?

  • Ice to the ball of the foot: Applying ice to the affected area can help reduce inflammation and numb the pain associated with neuromas, providing temporary relief and promoting healing.

  • Wear wide-toe box shoes: Opting for shoes with a wide-toe box allows more space for the toes, reducing compression on the affected nerve and minimizing discomfort caused by neuromas.

  • Wear inserts with a metatarsal pad to relieve pressure under the ball of the foot: Inserts with a metatarsal pad provide cushioning and support to the metatarsal area, redistributing pressure and alleviating pain associated with neuromas during weight-bearing activities.

  • Cortisone injections to reduce inflammation: Cortisone injections are commonly used to provide short-term relief from neuroma pain by reducing inflammation and swelling around the affected nerve, though they are typically reserved for cases where conservative treatments have failed to provide adequate relief.

  • Massage to the painful area: Gentle massage techniques can help increase blood flow to the affected area, promoting healing and providing temporary relief from neuroma-related pain by loosening tight muscles and reducing tension in the foot.

Sometimes, neuroma treatment requires further therapy, but that’s ok. Next-line treatments include:

Remember, there is no reason to continue to live with neuroma pain. Contact us today to get your life back on the road without foot pain.