Neuroma Specialist

Tobin C Gallawa, DPM, FACFAS

Board Certified Podiatrist located in Sacramento, CA

Pain, burning, tingling, or numbness that occurs in the space between your toes and the ball of your foot may be symptoms of a neuroma. Though neuroma symptoms tend to come and go, you shouldn’t ignore foot pain. Getting an early diagnosis and treatment plan in place may prevent the need for invasive treatment. Board-certified podiatrist, Tobin C. Gallawa, DPM, FACFAS, in Sacramento, California, specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of neuromas and can provide the care you need to alleviate your symptoms. Call the offices of Tobin C. Gallawa DPM FACFAS to schedule your evaluation today.

Neuroma Q&A

What is a neuroma?

A neuroma refers to the thickening of your nerve tissue. Though you can develop a neuroma in any part of your body, they most often occur in the foot between the third and fourth toe, a condition called Morton’s neuroma. 

Compression or irritation causes the nerve to thicken, resulting in the neuroma. You may be at risk of developing a neuroma in your foot if you wear high-heeled shoes or shoes that are too tight. Foot deformities, including bunions and hammertoes, are also risk factors for the development of the painful foot condition. 

What are neuroma symptoms?

Your neuroma symptoms may vary in type and severity. Common symptoms include:

  • Pain 
  • Tingling or burning sensation
  • Swelling in between your toes
  • Feeling as though you have something stuck in your shoe or sock

Your symptoms may start gradually and even go away when you take off your shoes. However, over time, as your neuroma grows, your symptoms progressively worsen. 

If you’re experiencing these symptoms, schedule an appointment with Dr. Gallawa for an evaluation. Ignoring your pain may increase your risk of permanent nerve damage and the need for more invasive treatment. 

How is a neuroma diagnosed?

Dr. Gallawa conducts a comprehensive exam to diagnose a neuroma. During your exam, he reviews your symptoms and medical history. He then presses on your foot to find the area of tenderness. To confirm a diagnosis, Dr. Gallawa may request diagnostic imaging such as an X-ray, ultrasound, or MRI.

After your exam, Dr. Gallawa reviews in detail his findings with you so you understand the source of your pain and can make an informed decision about your care. 

How is a neuroma treated?

Treatment for your neuroma depends on the severity of the problem. For a mild or moderate neuroma, Dr. Gallawa takes a conservative approach and may recommend:

  • Shoe modification
  • Activity modification
  • Padding
  • Icing
  • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)
  • Orthotics
  • Injections (corticosteroid or anesthetic)

If conservative treatments fail to alleviate your symptoms or your neuroma is severe, Dr. Gallawa may recommend surgery to remove the thickened nerve. 

For comprehensive foot care from an experienced podiatrist for treatment of your neuroma, contact the office of Tobin C. Gallawa DPM FACFAS by phone today.