A neuroma is a painful condition, also referred to as a “pinched nerve” or a nerve tumor. Neuromas are benign enlargements and scarring of an interdigital nerve branch commonly occurring in the ball of the foot typically between the 3rd and 4th metatarsals, which is referred to as a Morton’s Neuroma. Neuromas usually cause a sharp stabbing pain often with burning, tingling or numbness sensations in the ball of the foot with radiating symptoms into the toes.
The principal symptom associated with a neuroma is sharp pain in the ball of the foot and into the toes, which gets worse with walking or running. Individuals suffering from neuromas often find relief by stopping their walk, taking off their shoe, and rubbing the affected area. Pain associated with a neuroma has also been described as similar to the pain of having a stone in your shoe. Neuromas are most common in women, partly due to wearing high heeled shoe gear with tapered toe box.