Jennifer Grey, the reigning champ from Dancing with the Stars, recently had surgery for her neuroma. She had continued pain throughout the contest and eventually needed surgery. High heels and tight shoes can aggravate the problem causing increasing symptoms. Many times the person takes their shoe off and rubs the foot to relieve symptoms. X-rays may be taken to rule out any bone problem. Ultrasound can be used to visualize the neuroma.
Do you have pain in the ball of your foot? Do your toes cramp up when in a shoe? Do you have an electric shock which radiates into the adjacent toes? If you answered yes to any of these questions, you may have a neuroma.
What is a neuroma? A neuroma is and enlarged nerve which can occur in the foot. There can be inflammation of the nerve also. When this occurs, pressure from the metatarsal bones, the long bones behind the toes, can cause further irritation to the nerve and pain.
Treatment can consist of wearing wider shoes, insoles, functional orthosis, injections, anti-inflammatory medications. If these forms of care are not enough, then surgery may be necessary.
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