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Q: What is a neuroma?

A: A neuroma is basically a pinched, inflamed nerve. It can occur in several areas of the foot, but it is most commonly seen at the ball of the foot, in between the metatarsal bones just behind the toes. It can cause shooting, radiating pain into the toes. Wearing wider shoes (like Dansko or Sanita shoes) can help, as well as prescription shoe inserts with special padding to relieve pressure from the balls of the feet. A cortisone injection can improve the symptoms of pain. There is also a series of injections that can be given to chemically inactivate the nerve. Surgical removal of the nerve is rarely required.

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