Neuromas are common conditions in females who wear tight dress shoes or high heels on a regular basis. The small nerves supplying sensation to the toes become pinched or tethered on the bottom surface of the foot around the metatarsal heads before the nerves enter the toes. Often the nerves become aggravated and inflamed from repeated trauma caused by shoes tight across the ball of the foot where the enlarged metatarsal heads surround these nerves. Neuroma are often times misdiagnosed and treated.
Neuromas normally presents with burning and tingling between toes or with burning and tingling in the ball of the foot. These pains can be transient, however they are normally aggravated by excessive walking with tight shoes. Occasionally, a neuroma can send shooting tingling sensations into the toes if the ball of the foot is grasped and squeezed. A neuroma can present differently for each person, it is important to have these addressed early in the initial presentation, the longer they persist, the more likely they can cause permanent problems with the nerves. A Morton’s Neuroma occurs between the 2nd and 3rd toe, however neuromas can occur between any of the toes.