Neuromas Specialist

Brad Hayman, DPM -  - Podiatric Surgeon

Complete Foot & Ankle Care

Brad Hayman, DPM

Podiatric Surgeon located in Prescott, AZ

Thickened, painful nerve tissue, often found in the ball of your foot, is known as a neuroma. Because double board-certified podiatrist Brad Hayman, DPM, CWS, of Complete Foot & Ankle Care understands that neuromas can cause stabbing pain with each step you take, he specializes in advanced treatment options. Book your neuroma evaluation at his Prescott, Arizona, podiatric clinic by clicking on the online scheduler. You can also call the office directly.

Neuromas Q & A

What causes a neuroma?

Neuromas on your feet, also known as intermetatarsal neuromas, develop when your nerve tissue starts thickening. While neuromas can certainly develop anywhere on your body, it’s common to get them on the balls of your feet, between your third and fourth toes (Morton’s neuroma).

Neuromas develop because of irritation or compression on the area. This is part of the reason why they usually form on the ball of your foot. But you can also develop a neuroma because of:

  • Participating in high-impact sports, such as long-distance running
  • Having bunions or hammertoes
  • Having high arches or flat feet

Neuromas are known for causing a wide variety of issues that can make walking and standing become increasingly uncomfortable.

What are the symptoms of a neuroma?

The most obvious complaint among neuroma sufferers is that it feels like you’re standing on a pebble. This sensation occurs because of the swelling of your nerve tissue, although you can’t physically feel a lump or bump. A neuroma can also lead to:

  • Stabbing pain
  • Burning sensations
  • Tingling or numbness

A neuroma can become so uncomfortable, you might find it difficult to exercise or participate in sports activities, or even perform your daily job functions. Before your neuroma starts affecting your quality of life, visit with Dr. Hayman at Complete Foot & Ankle Care.

How is a neuroma treated?

In most cases, Dr. Hayman can easily diagnose a neuroma by performing a physical examination and evaluating X-ray or ultrasound images. Dr. Hayman spends time developing your treatment plan, based on the severity of your neuroma symptoms and your daily lifestyle. Conservative neuroma treatments include:

  • Padding
  • Orthotic inserts
  • Shoe modifications
  • Anti-inflammatory medications
  • Corticosteroid injections

Surgery is the best option in some cases, though, especially if you’re just not getting relief from nonsurgical therapies. Neuroma surgery, a minimally invasive procedure, involves relieving pressure on the nerve by carefully cutting nearby structures. While less common, sometimes Dr. Hayman needs to remove the affected nerve entirely to help you get permanent relief from neuroma pain.

Schedule your neuroma evaluation at Complete Foot & Ankle Care today. Request your appointment online, or call the clinic to book.