Neuroma – Nerve Pain in the Foot

What is a neuroma?

A neuroma is a condition in the foot where there is extra growth of the nerve tissue , this can involve swelling surrounding the nerve. This commonly causes pain in the foot and can have numbness, burning and a tingling sensation. These sensations can also travel down the foot towards the toes.

Causes of a neuroma?

There are a number of factors that are believed to contribute to a neuroma:

  • Biomechanics- Your foot structure and function. How you walk.
  • Footwear- inappropriate, incorrect size. In particular tight footwear and high heels.
  • Trauma – damage to the nerve. Including repetitive stress.

Symptoms of a neuroma?

  • Pain in the forefoot and towards the toes
  • Burning, numbness and tingling
  • Swelling of the forefoot
  • Pain when walking or placing weight on the ball for your foot
  • Pain often occurring in tight footwear.


The first step to reduced the irritation to the nerve and to reduced the severity of the pain. This can be done a number of ways:

  • Footwear

– Correct fitted footwear.

– Extra width for the toes to move and have pleanty of room.

– Lower heel height (approx 1-2cm is ideal)

– Cushioned and thicker sole towards the fore foot to help absorb shock when walking.

  • Resting and icing the foot to help reduce any inflammation.
  • Visit you podiatrist for

– Assessment your biomechanics: Is there something about the way you are walking causing this to occur.

– Padding in your footwear

– Taping of your foot

– Orthoses to help offload the area

– Prolotherapy (see treatment options on website for more information)

  • Surgical options.