Treating pain from a neuroma
Are you experiencing a sharp, burning pain in your foot? Difficulty walking without discomfort or numbness? You may have developed a neuroma—but it doesn’t have to inhibit your enjoyment of every day life.
What is a neuroma?
A neuroma is a benign growth of nerve tissue that typically develops between the bones at the ball of the foot, and it is often referred to as a pinched nerve or nerve tumor. When this growth occurs, it can lead to discomfort, a burning or stinging sensation, tingling, or loss of feeling between your toes or around the ball of the foot.
These symptoms are typically exacerbated by walking or other physical activity, which can disrupt the lives of those who are suffering from the condition.
What causes neuromas?
While it’s unclear why neuromas develop, we do know a number of factors than contribute to their formation or exacerbate the condition.
- Trauma or injury. If you’ve had a foot injury, it can damage the nerve or result in inflammation and swelling, which puts additional stress on the area.
- The anatomy of your foot. If you have high arches or flat feet, neuromas are more likely to develop because these foot types can make toe joints unstable.
- Repeated movement or stress. If your job, favorite physical activity, or lifestyle habits are rough on your feet and toes, you have a higher risk of developing or further aggravating a neuroma.
- Bad shoes. Consistently wearing shoes that squeeze your toes or put too much pressure on the front of your foot, such as high heels, can easily inflame your nerves.
How can you treat a neuroma?
Depending on the severity of your neuroma, sometimes an adjustment in your habits or footwear can lead to relief. Stopping to rest and massage your toes while walking or being active can help relieve pain temporarily, while icing the area can also provide some relief. Avoiding tight shoes and high heels is a must while you have a neuroma, as it will only further aggravate the growth and cause more pain.
In addition to ensuring you are using the proper fitting footwear, foot taping has been shown to take pressure off the neuroma and support arches so the neuroma can diminish on its own. Because traditional kinesiology tape can be difficult to master and uncomfortable, many go on living with pain or resort to giving up their favorite activities until the neuroma goes away—which is why so many suffering with a neuroma are thrilled to learn about QUICK TAPE® support straps.
Designed to make foot taping easy, convenient, and long-wearing, QUICK TAPE® support straps can help relieve neuroma pain without the fuss or room for error of other foot tape products. We encourage you to learn more about what QUICK TAPE® can do for you and browse our store to get started!