A neuroma is an enlarged, benign growth of nerves, most commonly between the third and fourth toes. Neuromas are caused by tissue rubbing against and irritating the nerves. Pressure from poorly fitting shoes or an abnormal bone structure can also lead to this condition. Symptoms may include sensations of thickness, burning, numbness, tingling, or pain in the ball of the foot. The most common complaint is the feeling of “walking on a stone or pebble.”
Although, neuroma sounds like a tumor, it is not. It is an enlarged, inflamed nerve in between the toes. This is a mechanical problem, caused by the friction between the metatarsals during weight bearing and ambulation. Treatments generally include wearing corrective shoes or orthotics and/or receiving cortisone injections. In severe cases, surgical removal of the growth may be necessary.