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Posts for tag: neuroma

By Joseph Stuto, DPM
July 01, 2019
Category: nerve pain
Tags: heels   neuroma  

In order to protect your feet, you need to know what neuroma is – it is a condition characterized by thickening of the tissue surrounding the nerve in the ball of your feet leading to the toes. It is also known as “nerve tumors;” however the tumors are non-threatening and non-cancerous.

The most commonly cited causes for the development of neuromas are prolonged compression of the toes and excessive weight on the ball of the foot that irritates the nerve and inflames the tissue around it.

The symptoms of neuromas are gradual; however, if treatment is not appropriate, the condition can aggravate and become unbearable. Early symptoms include:

  • Pain or burning in the ball of the foot
  • Piercing pain in the toes when pressure is applied
  • Numbness or pricking sensation
  • Feeling of a hard lump inside the ball of your foot while walking
  • When wearing shoes, it may seem like a sharp object inside the shoe is hurting your foot

At Joseph Stuto, DPM we recommend that the following measures be adopted to avoid neuromas:

  • Wear comfortable shoes that have ample space to accommodate your toes
  • Avoid wearing heels that are higher than 2 inches
  • Use customized orthotics to support your feet and safeguard them from unnecessary stress
  • Padding inside shoes is helpful to avoid friction and irritation caused by hard surfaces
  • Ice application reduces swelling and provides pain relief
  • Take a break from the activities that may be triggering your pain and allow some idle time for your feet to recuperate

If the pain does not subside in the ball of your foot, visit your podiatrist right away. Visit or call our offices located in Brooklyn Heights (718) 624-7537 and Brooklyn (718) 567-1403 to schedule an appointment with our board-certified podiatrist Dr. Joseph Stuto to get your feet examined and treated effectively.

By Joseph Stuto, DPM
May 29, 2019
Category: Diabetic foot Care
Tags: flat feet   diabetes   sports   neuroma   burning  

Numbness in your feet can be very painful and expose you to great risks in terms of tripping, falling and injuring yourself; not to mention weakening of your foot and ankle muscles.

This lack of sensation can be caused by a number of reasons; here are a few:

  • Diabetes causes nerve damage that affects the feet and hands first and foremost. This condition is known as “Neuropathy” and is characterized by numbness, burning, and poor blood circulation in the feet.
  • Another painful condition called “Neuroma” also causes numbness and burning, usually between the toes or the ball of the feet. This is due to the growth of nerve tissue that tends to pinch the nerves, resulting in loss of sensation.
  • Back injuries such as disc slips or protrusion also affect your feet. The nerves leading to your feet may become compressed or even damaged in severe cases.
  • Trauma to the feet and ankles encountered due to accidents or falls is also a major reason for numbness in the feet.
  • Sports injuries are also known to cause loss of feeling and burning sensation in the feet.
  • Wearing uncomfortable shoes that compress your feet or do not have adequate foot space can result in pain, swelling, and numbness as well. As blood circulation becomes restricted, your feet are likely to suffer.
  • If you have flat feet and you do not provide them with the necessary support that is required, the excess pressure and weight will affect the nerves of your feet leading to pain and numbness.

In case of any tingling feeling or suspected nerve damage, we urge you to visit your podiatrists without any further delay. At Joseph Stuto, DPM, our team of experts specialize in treating a range of foot and ankle related conditions.

Visit our offices conveniently located in Brooklyn (718) 567-1403 and Brooklyn Heights (718) 624-7537 or contact us for guidance and consultation with Dr. Joseph Stuto.