Lone Peak Foot & Ankle Clinic

Podiatrist & Foot & Ankle Surgeon serving Draper, Orem, Provo, American Fork, Lindon, Pleasant Grove, Lehi, Saratoga Springs, Sandy, South Jordan, Herriman, & Bluffdale, UT.

Neuromas — nicknamed “benign tumors” — aren’t growths or tumors. They are just a painful, abnormal thickening of nerve tissue. If you experience burning or stabbing pains in your forefoot, contact Greg Brockbank, DPM, and the team at Lone Peak Foot & Ankle Clinic in Draper or Orem, Utah, for a neuroma evaluation. The podiatry team offers highly advanced nonsurgical neuroma treatments at both clinic locations. Find out more by booking an exam online or by calling the office nearest you.

Neuroma Q & A

What are the symptoms of a neuroma?

Neuromas most commonly form in the bottom of your foot between your third and fourth toes. This condition, called “Morton’s neuroma,” is known for being incredibly painful. As nerve tissue swells and thickens, you may experience:

  • Burning
  • Tingling 
  • Numbness 

Morton’s neuroma sufferers often explain that it feels like there’s a pebble or rock in their shoe, or that their sock is bunched up. These abnormal and uncomfortable neuroma symptoms are treatable, so you don’t have to learn to live with them. 

What causes neuromas?

The thickening of nerve tissue that occurs with neuromas develops gradually over time. In most cases, it’s compression on the nerve that’s to blame. For example, if you regularly wear shoes that have a tapered toe box or high heels, you wind up with added strain on your forefoot. This puts pressure on your nerve and causes inflammation. 

The team at Lone Peak Foot & Ankle Clinic find that your risk of suffering from neuromas is also high if you:

  • Are an athlete or run regularly
  • Had a foot injury or foot trauma in the past
  • Have foot deformities, including bunions or flat feet

No matter what’s causing your neuromas or how minor or infrequent your flare-ups may seem, the compassionate podiatrists at Lone Peak Foot & Ankle Clinic can help. 

What is the treatment for a neuroma?

Your podiatrist examines your feet, talks with you about your symptoms, and requests on-site imaging (if needed) to help with the neuroma diagnostic process. Once your podiatrist diagnoses you and determines the severity of your neuromas, they may recommend:

  • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)
  • Custom orthotic devices
  • Activity modifications
  • Shoe padding

Lone Peak Foot & Ankle Clinic also offers injection therapy for neuroma relief. Not only do the podiatrists provide corticosteroid and local anesthetic injections, but they also offer sclerosing injections. 

This highly effective alternative injection numbs the nerve and helps relieve inflammation to provide lasting relief. You may need a series of sclerosing injection treatments for optimal benefits, but over time, you should notice that your neuroma pain resolves.  

Learn more about all of the neuroma solutions Lone Peak Foot & Ankle Clinic has to offer by booking an exam today. Schedule online or by phone with either office. 

We are located in Draper, Utah and Orem, Utah. Call us to see our podiatrist, Dr. Brockbank today.