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If someone said you had a neuroma, would you know what they were referring to? A neuroma is a painful ailment otherwise known as a pinched nerve or nerve tumor that occurs between your 3 4 . Symptoms of an include:

  • Pain in the between the toes
  • Tingling numbness in the ball of your foot
  • May feel like there is a pebble in your shoe
  • Swelled toes
  • Pain in the ball of the foot when walked on

Factors which may contribute to the development of a include:

  • High heels – puts undue pressure on your toes
  • Sportshigh impact sports that a lot of running or uses tight shoes like rock climbing or ballet
  • People with bunions, hammertoe, high arches or flat feet

Home treatments include:

  • Wear shoes with a lot of room the toes
  • Wear shoes with lower heels
  • Wear shoes with good cushioning
  • Use ice to treat for pain
  • Rest and massage the foot

If these don’t help, then time to see your podiatrist. Your podiatrist will examine your feet and determine the best treatment for your sure another condition is not causing your pain. Podiatrists can:

  • Prescribe a better fitting shoe that doesn’t aggravate the
  • Anti-inflammatory or medication like cortisone
  • Padding and taping – will help alleviate pain by strengthening the affected area
  • Custom made orthotics – will cushion the affected area, taking the pressure off the nerve
  • Surgery – to remove the inflamed nerve

If you believe you have or are developing a or have any other concerns about the health of your feet, make an appointment with us here at Gentle Touch Footcare. Our doctors Bruce Theall, DPM and Priscilla Seshie, DPM will diagnose your feet and apply the most appropriate treatment. Our offices are located at 310 central Avenue East, Orange, NJ, 07018. Our phone number is 973-673-3668 and our website is www.drtheall.com

By Dr. Bruce Theall
July 01, 2015
Category: Neuromas
Tags: diabetes   neuropathy   nerve damage  

Neuropathy is described as weakness, numbness, and even pain that are from nerve damage, usually in the hands and feet.  On average, about half of the people with diabetes have some form of nerve damage.  If you are diabetic, it is vital for you to keep your blood glucose levels to lower counts because with low blood sugar levels you can help prevent and even delay nerve damage.  Your hemoglobin A1C is an important number to monitor when you are diabetic because that will also be a major factor in helping your doctor determine if are at risk of developing neuropathy.  Neuropathy is more common in those who have had diabetes for a number of years and can lead to many more kinds of problems.  

The diabetic population is not the only one that suffers with neuropathy, or nerve damage.  There are several forms of neuropathy that can happen without the threat of being or becoming diabetic.  Many people can experience tingling or numbness and even pain through nerve damage from compression of nerves such as, from tarsal tunnel syndrome, nerve damage from Rheumatoid Arthritis, Systemic Lupus Erythematous, infections, toxins, drugs, certain cancers, diphtheria, Guillain-Barre syndrome, HIV – AIDS, Lyme Disease, Leprosy, Cytomegalovirus, Herpes zoster (shingles), Herpes simplex, and also Hepatitis C.  Twenty-five percent all neuropathies have an unknown etiology, which mean that environmental and occupational exposure may play a role in the development.   It is vital for you to get a proper evaluation and physical by your primary care doctor and podiatrist for the right diagnosis that will lead to the proper care for you. 

Often times many patient that are not diabetic can experience a burning or ‘pins and needles’ feeling during warm summer months when the humidity is high.  This can lead to swelling in the feet, and for many patients, neuropathy type sensations can develop.  If you are wearing shoes that are too small that feels tight on your feet that can also cause compression or pressure on the nerves in your feet.  There are over 200,000 nerve endings on the bottom of your foot, which is one of the highest concentrations anywhere in the body, so if you do not have the proper footwear on that fit correctly during these summer months and you experience ‘funny feelings’ in your feet that you never felt before, you be causing a mild form of neuropathy that can be easily treated. 

Many times neuropathy can be fully treated in patients when the signs and symptoms they are having are caught very early, in the absence of diabetes.  That is why it is extremely important for you to listen to your body when something does not feel like it did before.  Many patients often experience paresthesias (Pins And Needles), tingling sensations, burning, and most described this as ‘pain’, when in fact, it is another sensation that all involve the nerves and must be treated and addresses promptly to your podiatrist. 

If there are any other questions feel free to contact Dr. Theall’s Gentle Touch Foot Care office for all your foot and ankle needs and concerns at 973 673 -3668.  Remember to take care of your feet they are the foundation to your life!!!


Former Eurythmics star Annie Lennox has recently canceled a performance at a United Nations event in Switzerland due to a foot injury.  Lennox was scheduled to make an appearance at the Nansen Refugee Award Ceremony in Geneva, but opted not to go because of an issue with her foot that has left her in a great amount of pain.  

Lennox said on Facebook that “Sometimes I get searing electrical shocks flashing through the nerve endings.  It’s the kind of pain that makes you stop in your tracks.”  The singer says she is resting up and plans to return to work soon.  If you have pain like Lennox and think that it may be due to a nerve disorder, you should seek out the care of a podiatrist such as Dr. Bruce Theall & Dr. Sammy of Gentle Touch Foot Care.  Dr. Theall can diagnose your injury or condition and provide you with appropriate treatment options.

Nerve Disorders of the Foot and Ankle

There are two nerve disorders of the foot and ankle called Interdigital Neuroma and Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome. These conditions affect the hands as well, and are caused by stress and genetics. People who suffer from Interdigital Neuroma and Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome are prone to serious pain and inflammation in the area.

Pain that is associated with Interdigital Neuroma is often from local inflammation in the nerves in the front of the foot. Symptoms include pain, burning, and/or tingling sensations of the toes.

There are several steps a doctor will take to determine if one has Neuroma such as: radiographs, MRIs, and bone scans. Surgery is not required in many instances, and should only be considered when the patient is suffering from persistent pain.

If you have any questions, please visit our video library or contact our office located in East Orange, NJ. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

Read  More About Nerve Disorders of the Foot and Ankle.

By Dr. Bruce Theall
October 21, 2010
Category: Neuromas
Tags: neuroma   pinched nerve   foot trauma  


A neuroma is a painful condition of the foot, also termed a "pinched nerve". This condition is characterized by pain, tingling and numbness in between the toes and on the ball of the foot. A neuroma is often more irritated while walking or performing activities, but can be relieved by stopping their activities, removing the shoe and rubbing the affected area. In recent news, Dirty Dancing star, Jennifer Grey, was diagnosed with a neuroma while performing on "Dancing with the Stars". It was stated that the actress was "having some challenges because of the pinched nerve in her foot".

So how do you get a neuroma? A number of factors can contribute to the formation of a neuroma including: trauma, improper foot wear that squeezes the toes together (i.e. high heeled shoes higher than two inches), biomechanical deformities (i.e. high-arched/low-arched feet), and repeated stress.

What can you do for relief?
1. Wear shoes with plenty of room for the toes to move.
2. Wear shoes with thick shock absorbent soles.
3. Avoid high heels as much as possible.
4. Rest your feet and massage them as needed.

Dr. Theall, of Gentle Touch Foot Care, has a wide variety of treatments and preventative measures that can help. Call today to set up an appointment and start your relief.