Why Does It Feel Like There’s a Pebble in My Shoe?

Oct 19, 2022

Does it feel like you have a pebble, marble, or bunched-up sock in your shoe—but when you check, there is nothing there? With the holidays approaching, now is the time to stop ignoring your foot pain. So, what exactly is this uncomfortable sensation or pain you’re feeling in the ball of your foot?

Pain in the ball of the foot can have several possible causes, but a common one is a neuroma. A neuroma is a benign growth of nerve tissue that most often develops between the second and third toes or the third and fourth toes. Pain often gets worse when you wear shoes, walk barefoot on hard surfaces, or even when simply standing.

If you suspect you have a neuroma, here’s a look at some common symptoms and treatments.

What are the symptoms of a neuroma?

  • Phantom feeling that there is something in your shoe, like a marble, pebble, or bunched-up sock.
  • Pain in the ball of the foot whenever you place pressure on it.
  • Feeling like there is something inside the ball of your foot.
  • Tingling and numb sensations in the ball of your foot.
  • General pain in the forefoot and between your toes.
  • Swelling between your toes.

How do you treat Neuromas?

Neuroma symptoms can be similar to other foot conditions, so we must diagnose the issue correctly. Once we know exactly what is causing the discomfort, will we come up with the right treatment plan? Here are a few ways to treat neuromas:

  • Wear shoes that allow plenty of room for your toes to move freely. Laces and buckles allow for width adjustment.
  • Wear shoes with thick, shock-absorbent soles.
  • Avoid shoes with heels over two inches tall.
  • Wear custom orthotics to provide the exact support and protection your feet need.
  • Rest your feet and gently massage the affected area whenever you feel pain.
  • Applying ice to the area after completing a gentle massage.
  • Use over-the-counter shoe pads to relieve pressure around the affected area.
  • Use cortisone injection therapy to reduce pain and swelling.

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, please give us a call today to set up an appointment.

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