Podiatry located in Fords, NJ


Pain, burning, and aching between the toes are telltale signs of neuromas, thickened areas of nerve tissue that usually require professional intervention to treat. At Fords Foot and Ankle Care in Fords, New Jersey, experienced podiatrist Carl Ingrassia, DPM, provides comprehensive care for neuromas to relieve pain, reduce inflammation, and prevent the condition from worsening. Call the office today or schedule an appointment online to learn more.

Neuroma Q & A

What is a neuroma?

A neuroma is a benign growth of nerve tissue that forms when surrounding tissue compresses the nerve. They can cause intense pain in the toes and forefoot area. The pain tends to worsen during movement, affecting mobility and diminishing your quality of life. 

While neuromas can develop anywhere, Morton’s neuroma typically affects the nerve tissue between the third and fourth toes. Dr. Ingrassia specializes in treating neuromas at Fords Foot and Ankle Care. With early intervention, he can help relieve your pain and help you avoid surgery.

What are the signs of a neuroma?

A neuroma can be difficult to spot without a podiatric exam. The symptoms can be vague and intermittent (come and go). Common neuroma signs typically include:

  • Sharp, intense, or burning pain on the ball of the foot and/or in between the toes
  • Visible swelling
  • Tingling or numbness
  • Pain that worsens with activities like running, walking, or standing for long periods
  • Changes in gait (how you walk)

Neuroma pain often diminishes with rest and after removing tight or narrow-fitting shoes.

How does a neuroma develop?

Neuromas usually develop from long-term, repeated nerve compression. Pressure on the nerve causes tissue to harden and increase around the nerve, leading to a hardened ball of tissue. Common risk factors for neuromas include:

  • Wearing narrow, tight, or ill-fitting footwear (especially high-heels)
  • Gait problems like overpronation (arches rolling inward)
  • High-impact activities, including running
  • Inadequate arch support or cushion in your footwear
  • Genetics
  • Occupations that require standing for long periods

At Fords Foot and Ankle Care, Dr. Ingrassia uses visual exams, gait analysis, and digital X-rays to diagnose neuromas. A proper diagnosis ensures you receive the appropriate treatment for your condition’s type and severity.

Is a neuroma treatable without surgery?

Neuromas typically don’t need surgery unless they haven’t responded to more conservative treatments. Effective treatments for neuromas include:

  • Investing in shoes with room in the toe box
  • Using custom-made orthotics or insertable pads to relieve pressure
  • Resting, elevating, and icing the foot to relieve discomfort, swelling, and irritation
  • Avoiding high heels or narrow-toed shoes that pressure the forefoot
  • Trying cortisone injections to reduce inflammation

If nonsurgical solutions fail to provide lasting relief, Dr. Ingrassia may recommend surgery. Call Fords Foot and Ankle Care today or schedule an appointment online to learn more.