What is a neuroma of the foot?

Nerve irritation can produce a burning sensation or numbness in the foot and may be responsible for the development of a painful lump of tissue or neuroma. In women, neuroma is due mostly to wearing narrow shoes with high heels or a constricting vamp. Arthritis and repetitive stress also can cause the condition.

Dr. Christopher P. Chiodo, MD
Orthopedic Surgeon

A neuroma, sometimes called a pinched or swollen nerve, is one type of nerve problem that most commonly affects the foot. A neuroma of the foot develops when a nerve is compressed, injured, or pinched, causing swelling and pain. The nerves most often affected in the feet are branches of the plantar nerves, which supply feeling to the bottoms of the feet and toes.

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