If it feels like you’re walking around with a pebble in your shoe, but in reality, there’s nothing there, you might have a neuroma. Because neuroma pain can become incredibly debilitating, schedule an evaluation at an Orange County office of Dr. Ebonie Vincent, DPM, MBMS, right away. You can conveniently book your neuroma exam at the Irvine or Orange, California, location either online or over the phone.
Medically known as a “Morton’s neuroma” and sometimes called a “benign tumor,” a neuroma is actually a patch of inflamed nerve tissue. This condition affects the nerve that runs along the bottom of your foot, usually right between your third and fourth toes.
Neuromas often develop when there’s constant pressure on the nerve. This can stem from regularly wearing pointy or high-heeled shoes — neuromas are 8-10 times more common in women than men — or from repeated stress, like if you’re a runner.
This pressure causes your nerve to become inflamed and irritated to the point where it starts thickening. The sensation of a pebble or marble is your inflamed nerve tissue.
You should schedule a neuroma evaluation with Dr. Ebonie Vincent, DPM, MBMS, if you seem to always feel like you’re stepping on a foreign object. Because neuromas can worsen, it’s particularly important to book an exam if you experience any of the following symptoms.
Neuromas can be deceiving in that it feels like there’s a mass on your forefoot, but nothing’s there. It’s common to experience discomfort with a neuroma and not see any physical signs that something is wrong. Dr. Vincent can usually diagnose you on the spot through a series of physical tests and even X-rays.
Once Dr. Ebonie Vincent, DPM, MBMS, confirms your neuroma diagnosis, she talks with you about different treatment options and designs your neuroma treatment plan. You may benefit from:
In many cases, combining these conservative neuroma treatments provides relief. Occasionally though, surgery is the best solution.
If you need neuroma surgery, Dr. Vincent uses advanced minimally invasive techniques to gently cut into the tissue surrounding your nerve to make more room for the inflamed nerve or resects the nerve altogether. Neuroma surgery is typically the last resort.
Schedule your neuroma evaluation at an office of Dr. Ebonie Vincent, DPM, MBMS, today. Click on the online scheduler or call your nearest office directly.