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Abrutyn, David A., MD Orthopedics and Sports Medicine 215 Union Avenue, Suite B, Bridgewater
34 Mountain Boulevard, Warren
Adam, Stephanie P., DO Orthopedics and Sports Medicine 140 Park Avenue, Florham Park

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Garcia, Jason P., MD Orthopedics and Sports Medicine 741 Northfield Avenue, West Orange

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Ibarbia, Jose D., MD Physiatry 6 Brighton Road, Clifton

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Kanellakos, James G., MD Orthopedics and Sports Medicine 261 James Street, Morristown
50 Cherry Hill Road, Parsippany
121 Center Grove Road, Randolph
Kocaj, Stephen, MD Orthopedics and Sports Medicine 140 Park Avenue, Florham Park

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Rizio, Louis, MD Orthopedics and Sports Medicine 75 E. Northfield Road, Livingston
Rombough, Gary R., MD Orthopedics and Sports Medicine 33 North Fullerton Avenue, Montclair
Rosa, Richard A., MD, FACS Orthopedics and Sports Medicine 741 Northfield Avenue, West Orange
Rubman, Marc H., MD Orthopedics and Sports Medicine 261 James Street, Morristown
50 Cherry Hill Road, Parsippany
121 Center Grove Road, Randolph

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Shindle, Michael, MD Orthopedics and Sports Medicine 140 Park Avenue, Florham Park
Siegel, Jeffrey A., MD Orthopedics and Sports Medicine 261 James Street, Morristown
50 Cherry Hill Road, Parsippany
121 Center Grove Road, Randolph

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Terry, Alon, MD Physiatry 140 Park Avenue, Florham Park

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Wagshul, Adam D., MD Orthopedics and Sports Medicine 261 James Street, Morristown
50 Cherry Hill Road, Parsippany
121 Center Grove Road, Randolph
34 Mountain Boulevard, Warren

key facts about neuroma​

  • Neuroma is caused by compression or irritation of a nerve. Neuroma in the foot can be caused by wearing shoes that force the toes together.
  • Symptoms include tingling, burning, or numbness, pain, or a feeling that something is inside the ball of the foot or in the shoe.
  • You should seek treatment as soon as possible to prevent long-term damage. 

what is neuroma?

A foot neuroma is a thickening of nerve tissue in the foot, which develops because of pressure or irritation. Excessive flexibility in the foot or deformities such as bunions, hammertoes and flatfeet increase the likelihood of neuroma. Activities that involve repetitive motion and irritation, such as running or tennis, may cause or worsen neuroma.  

The symptoms begin gradually and may only occur occasionally. Over time the symptoms become worse and last for more extended periords of time. The symptoms become more intense as the neuroma enlarges and the temporary changes in the nerve become permanent. 

how is neuroma diagnosed and treated?

A Summit Medical Group footspecialist will examine the lower leg, ankle, and foot to make an initial assessment. Typically, he or she will recommend a combination of X-rays, CT scans, and MRIs to determine the exact extent of the damage. Our Orthopedics and Sports Medicine center offers all of these services under one roof. 

For mild to moderate neuromas, treatment options may include padding, arch support, icing, orthotic devices, changes in your activities and in your footwear, or over-the-counter pain medications.

Your healthcare team may also administer steroid injections to reduce pain and swelling. In more severe cases, surgery may be considered. The length of the recovery period will vary, depending on the procedure performed.

how can i manage neuroma?

  • Keep pressure off the affected toe.
  • Keep your foot up on a pillow when you sit or lie down.
  • Put an ice pack, gel pack, or package of frozen vegetables wrapped in a cloth on the area every 3 to 4 hours for up to 20 minutes at a time
  • Take an anti-inflammatory medicine, such as ibuprofen, as directed by your healthcare team. Read the label and take as directed. Unless recommended by your healthcare team, do not take for more than 10 days.

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