Why do I feel like something is bunched up under my foot?

This sensation of feeling like something is under your foot or as if you are consistently walking on a pebble is very common and most likely the result of Morton’s neuroma. The cause of the discomfort stems from the thickening or enlargement of a nerve. This most commonly occurs between the third and fourth or second and third toes. The tissue around a nerve leading to your toe can become thick, resulting in sharp, burning pain or the feeling that you are walking on a pebble.

What causes a neuroma?

There isn’t a specific cause for this condition but it is thought that it most commonly develops from pressure, irritation or injury. Wearing high heels that squeeze and put pressure on your toes is a common cause. Playing a high impact sport or having a foot deformity such as bunions or hammertoes put pressure on feet, which increase your risk for developing Morton’s neuroma.

What can be done to treat this condition?

If you are experiencing any of the symptoms mentioned above, Dr. Danciger is able to offer several effective treatment options to relieve your pain. Shoe and activity modifications, padding, laser therapy, taping, icing, physical therapy and custom orthotics are just a few of the common ways of treating this foot condition.  If conservative care is not enough, the surgical decompression can be performed.   Contact Dr. Danciger today if you have any questions about your foot pain or need treatment. Make an appointment by calling our Palm Desert, CA podiatric office at (760) 568-0108 or schedule your appointment online.

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Dr. Harvey Danciger is a podiatrist and foot surgeon in Palm Desert, CA specializing in the foot and ankle