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Neuroma Specialist

Andrew R. Harrison, DPM

Podiatrist located in San Jose, CA & Pacific Heights, San Francisco, CA

A neuroma is a painful condition that stems from inflammation of nerve tissue in your foot. If you’re experiencing burning, stabbing, or electrical sensations, Andrew R. Harrison, DPM, MS, can help. At his practice in the Lower Pacific Heights area of San Francisco and San Jose, California, he offers expert diagnosis and treatment for neuroma. Schedule a neuroma evaluation by calling the office or requesting an appointment online.

Neuroma Q&A

What causes a neuroma?

Often called a “benign tumor,” a neuroma is actually a mass of inflamed nerve tissue. In most cases, neuromas develop in the ball of your foot, right between your third and fourth toes (Morton’s neuroma).

You can develop a neuroma because of excessive pressure on your forefoot due to ill-fitting shoes, like high heels, or due to pressure on your toes from pointy or snug shoes. 

It’s also common to develop a neuroma if you participate in activities that put added strain on your feet, such as running. 

How do I know if I have a neuroma?

Neuromas are a unique pain-causing disorder in that they make it feel like you have a lump on your foot, almost to the point that it feels like you’re stepping on a rock or bunched up sock. But in reality, no outward bump is present. 

Aside from these abnormal sensations, a neuroma can also lead to:

  • Burning
  • Numbness
  • Radiating pain 

Neuromas can become so painful that you start changing your gait to alleviate pressure on your forefoot. This can lead to widespread foot, ankle, and even knee pain. 

Before your neuroma symptoms progress any further, schedule an evaluation with Dr. Harrison to get started on treatment. 

Can I get treatment for a neuroma?

With the help of Dr. Harrison, you won’t have to live with agonizing neuroma pain. He spends time examining you and gathering any essential information, so he can get to the root of your discomfort and help you find the best course of treatment. 

Your neuroma treatment plan includes a comprehensive, holistic care plan where your podiatrist both helps you get pain relief and works to relieve nerve inflammation. Treating a neuroma can include:

  • Shoe modifications
  • Injection therapy 
  • Custom orthotics 
  • Daily massage

Conservative neuroma treatments help improve symptoms in over 80% of cases. However, if you aren’t experiencing pain relief or if you have a complex neuroma, Dr. Harrison may recommend surgery. 

Neuroma surgery can involve cutting into surrounding structures to give the inflamed nerve some more space or, as a last resort, removing the nerve entirely. 

Book your neuroma evaluation at Andrew R. Harrison, DPM, MS, and get started on the foot pain relief you need. Schedule your exam online or over the phone today.