Hello Hiking, Bye-bye Neuroma Pain

Hiking in Santa Rosa, CA can be a thrilling and rewarding experience. From the beautiful vistas of Sugarloaf Ridge State Park to the old-growth redwoods in Armstrong Woods and to the wide open spaces, we have it all. If you experience neuroma pain it can keep you from enjoying the great outdoors. If your toes are hurting, now is the time to get healthy and address the pain!

A neuroma is a condition in which the nerves between the metatarsal bones become inflamed. You can often feel a thickening at the base of your toes, and the area may be painful or feel as though it is burning, making it difficult to walk. It is believed that wearing shoes that are restrictive or too tight can contribute to the formation of a neuroma. The pain is usually made worse when more pressure is put on the area, so wearing high heels that force your weight onto the ball of your foot is not recommended.

Treatment for a neuroma is usually conservative and non-invasive. Sometimes a simple change in footwear is all that is needed. Make sure your shoes have plenty of wiggle room for your toes, and that they offer adequate support. Additionally, you can add a shoe insert or a custom-made orthotic to ease your pain. You can also try calf stretches, which can relieve some of the pressure on your foot. If these treatment methods do not work for you, you can go on to more invasive measures. This might include steroid injections or cryotherapy. As a last resort, surgery may be a viable option.

We know how frustrating it can be to suffer from neuroma pain. You may feel unable to enjoy your life to the fullest because of the discomfort. Call today so we can get you back on the path to foot wellness, and then out on those hiking trails. Call Dr. John Hollander at (707) 578-1222 to schedule an appointment in our Santa Rosa, CA office.