Neuroma Specialist

Robert J. Landy, D.P.M. and Rachel B. Perl, D.P.M.

Podiatrists located in West Islip, NY & Hicksville, NY

A neuroma, or pinched nerve, is a painful condition that can make it feel like you’re walking around with a pebble in your shoe. The caring podiatrists at the offices of Robert J. Landy, D.P.M. and Dr. Rachel B. Perl offer conservative and surgical treatments for neuromas at their locations in West Islip and Hicksville, New York. If you suffer from stabbing pain or tingling in your foot, call or book an appointment online.

Neuroma Q & A

What is a neuroma?

A neuroma is a noncancerous growth of nerve tissue that most often occurs between the third and fourth toes of your foot. This enlarged nerve tissue is called a Morton’s neuroma, named after Thomas George Morton, an American surgeon.

How do I know if I have a neuroma?

Neuromas can cause stabbing pain or a burning sensation in the ball of your foot. This pain is usually worse while walking, and it may subside when you stop walking or take off your shoes. Common symptoms of a neuroma often include:

  • Sharp pain in the front of your foot and between your toes
  • Numbness or tingling in the ball of your foot
  • Feeling like you’re standing on a pebble
  • Swelling between your toes

If you suspect you have a neuroma, the only way to know for sure is to schedule an appointment with Dr. Landy or a member of his team. Neuromas don’t improve without professional treatment, so it’s important to call Dr. Landy any time you have foot pain that lasts more than a few days.

What causes a neuroma?

Although the exact cause is unclear, neuromas seem to develop in response to pressure or irritation to a nerve that leads to your toes. Certain factors may increase your risk of getting a neuroma, such as:

  • Wearing high-heeled shoes
  • Having high arches or flat feet
  • Foot injuries that damage nerve tissue

Certain sports and athletic activities that involve repetitive stress on your feet, such as running, may also increase your risk of developing a neuroma. Activities that require tight shoes, such as rock climbing, can also increase the pressure on your feet.

How do you diagnose and treat neuromas?

First, Dr. Landy or a member of his team thoroughly examines your foot and reviews your medical history. They may press on your foot to check for swollen tissue or a tender spot. They may also take an in-office X-ray.

Then, they’ll create a treatment plan tailored to your particular needs. Depending on the severity of your condition, neuroma treatment may include:

  • Switching to roomier shoes
  • Custom orthotics provided at the office
  • Anti-inflammatory cortisone injections

If conservative treatments don’t work, Dr. Landy may recommend surgery to remove the growth. To get treatment for your neuroma, book an appointment online or over the phone with Robert J. Landy, D.P.M. today.