Neuroma Specialist

Elizabeth Youngewirth, DPM PLLC

Podiatrists located in Inwood, New York, NY & Suffern, NY

A neuroma on your foot usually causes pain in the ball of your foot, between the third and fourth toes. For a solution to this annoying and sometimes debilitating condition, consult Dr. Elizabeth Youngewirth and Dr. Irina Blustein of Elizabeth Youngewirth, DPM PLLC. They specialize in foot and ankle issues for residents of Inwood-Washington Heights in Manhattan, New York, as well as the Rockland County area. Call for an appointment or use the online booking agent to explore therapeutic options to relieve pain from your neuroma.

Neuroma Q&A

What causes a neuroma?

A neuroma refers to a benign growth that can occur in various parts of the body. When it happens on your foot, it’s known as Morton’s neuroma. The tissue around the nerves that lead to your toes becomes thick and swollen, which causes pain in the ball of your foot.

Constant pressure and squeezing of the nerve leads to irritation and can cause a neuroma.

You’re vulnerable to developing a neuroma if you wear ill-fitting shoes that put undue pressure on your toes, particularly high heels. High-impact exercise or an injury may also cause a neuroma to form.

Other causes include bunions or flat feet, which cause you to alter your gait and put excessive pressure on the tissue of the foot.

What are the symptoms of a Morton’s neuroma?

Usually, you feel the pain between the third and fourth toe, but it can occur between any toes. Symptoms include:

  • Burning pain in the ball of the foot
  • Numbness and tingling in the ball of the foot and toes
  • Heightened pain when you wear tight or narrow shoes
  • Feeling like there’s a pebble or marble in your shoe

You’ll notice the pain accentuates when you press on the bottom of your foot or squeeze your toes together. Because your choice of footwear is often to blame for a Morton’s neuroma, women are far more likely to develop the condition than men.

How is a neuroma treated?

The doctors usually order an on-site X-ray to rule out other causes for your symptoms.

For a mild neuroma with limited pain, Dr. Youngewirth and Dr. Blustein may recommend padding in your footwear to relieve pressure on the nerve and reduce compression. Other ways to combat neuroma pain include:

  • Icing the area
  • Customized orthotic devices
  • Changing your shoes from heels to flatter shoes with a wider toe box
  • Laying off high-impact activities for several weeks

At Elizabeth Youngewirth, DPM PLLC, the doctors also offer ultrasound-guided needle injections. The injections deliver corticosteroids to relieve the pain. When guided by an ultrasound, the doctors get a more precise visualization of the neuroma's location, which makes treatment more accurate and effective.

If you have the irritation and pain of a neuroma, call the office of Dr. Youngewirth and Dr. Blustein for an appointment today.

Ph: (212) 567-6126