Neuroma Specialist

Kerry E. Berg, DPM -  - Foot Surgeon

Intermountain Foot & Ankle Associates

Kerry E. Berg, DPM

Foot Surgeon & Podiatrist located in Colorado Springs, CO

Neuromas can cause pain at the bottom of your foot that’s so severe, you find it nearly unbearable to walk or stand. With her extensive experience as a board-certified podiatrist, Kerry Berg, DPM, of Intermountain Foot & Ankle Associates offers the latest in neuroma solutions. Get relief from your neuroma pain by scheduling your evaluation at this Colorado Springs, Colorado, podiatry clinic. Click on the online scheduler or call the office directly.

Neuroma Q & A

What causes a neuroma?

A neuroma, also known as a “nerve tumor,” is a benign patch of nerve tissues. In most cases, neuromas develop along the bottom of your foot, between your third and fourth toes. While it isn’t well understood why some men and women are more prone to neuromas than others, common causes and risk factors include:

  • High arch feet
  • Flat feet
  • Trauma or injury
  • High-heeled shoes
  • Pointy or snug shoes

You even have a higher chance of suffering from a neuroma due to repeated stress, like from playing sports or working in a position that requires you to be on your feet all day.

What are the symptoms of a neuroma?

Because neuromas tend to form in the forefoot, the symptoms you experience are likely going to stay in that area. It might even feel like you’re walking on a pebble, even though no visible bump exists. Neuroma symptoms can include: 

  • Swelling
  • Tingling
  • Numbness
  • Pain while bearing weight on the affected foot 

In most cases, neuroma issues are worse while walking or running. Simply stopping the aggravating activity and removing your shoes should relieve neuroma pain. But you certainly have plenty of treatment options available to relieve and prevent neuroma discomfort at Intermountain Foot & Ankle Associates.

How is a neuroma treated?

Since neuromas are likely going to worsen without proper medical care, Dr. Berg often suggests scheduling an evaluation and getting started on treatment as quickly as possible. Treatment involves reducing symptoms and controlling the underlying cause of nerve irritation. Your neuroma treatment at Intermountain Foot & Ankle Associates can include:

  • Custom orthotic shoe inserts
  • Specialized shoes
  • Padding and taping
  • Sclerotherapy

Dr. Berg also offers sclerotherapy alcohol injections to desensitize your nerve root, which quickly relieves pain. Sclerotherapy is a series of 7 injections done at biweekly intervals. Symptom relief is maintained with the use of good shoes or orthotics. If your neuroma has progressed to the point where conservative therapies aren’t going to be effective, Dr. Berg might recommend surgery. Surgical options are nerve decompression and last resort removal of the nerve. This causes permanent numbness in the affected toes and there is a risk that as the nerve regrows a stump neuroma may form and symptoms may return.

Neuroma surgery involves removing the inflamed nerve using minimally invasive measures. This procedure is performed on an outpatient basis and requires little downtime. No matter which type of neuroma treatment is best for you, rest assured the skilled podiatry team at Intermountain Foot & Ankle Associates can help you get the relief you need.

The team at Intermountain Foot & Ankle Associates can quickly help you with neuroma pain once you book your evaluation. Schedule online or over the phone.