What are neuromas?
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A neuroma is a painful condition that involves the thickening of nerve tissue, usually between the metatarsal bones in the foot. The most common type of neuroma is called Morton’s neuroma, which typically affects the nerve between the third and fourth toes. Neuromas can develop due to various factors, including repetitive trauma, compression, and irritation of the nerve. They often result in sharp, burning pain, tingling, or numbness in the affected area.
Neuromas can cause discomfort and affect daily activities, particularly those that involve standing, walking, or wearing tight shoes. The exact cause of neuromas is not fully understood, but certain factors can contribute to their development, such as foot deformities, improper footwear, high-impact activities, and underlying foot conditions like bunions or flat feet.
SYMPTOMS of neuromas
If you have a neuroma, you may experience one or more of the following symptoms:
- Pain in the ball of the foot: Neuromas commonly cause pain or aching in the ball of the foot, usually between the metatarsal bones.
- Burning or tingling sensation: Many individuals with neuromas describe a sensation of burning, tingling, or numbness in the area affected by the nerve thickening.
- Radiating pain: The pain or discomfort from a neuroma can radiate to the toes, causing a sharp or shooting sensation.
- Worsening pain with activity: Symptoms often worsen with activities that involve pressure on the foot, such as walking, running, or wearing tight shoes.
- Relief with rest: Resting the foot and removing pressure can provide temporary relief from the symptoms associated with neuromas.
microcurrent therapy for neuromas
Microcurrent therapy is a non-invasive treatment modality that may offer potential benefits for individuals with neuromas. While microcurrent therapy cannot directly eliminate or shrink the neuroma, it can help manage symptoms and support overall foot health. Some potential benefits of microcurrent therapy for neuromas include: