I have this weird feeling between my toes, kind of like my sock is bunched up, but when I look there is nothing there! Am I going crazy?
No! It sounds like you have a neuroma. What is a neuroma? It is a compressive neuropathy of the nerve that goes to your toes. Most commonly called a ‘Morton’s neuroma’ which typically involves the nerves that go to the 3rd and 4th toes. This condition can be somewhat debilitating when is pain occurs when wearing certain shoes or doing some sort of activity. Sometimes the pain can be described as pins and needles or numbness sensation.
What can be done for my neuroma? First, in order to confirm the diagnosis, a focused physical exam should be performed to rule out any other potential pathology. X-rays can be performed to see if there is any bony deformity. At times an MRI may be ordered for preoperative assessment or to rule out any other pathologies. Once a neuroma is confirmed as the diagnosis, treatment consists of shoe modifications, orthotics, or even cortisone injections. If all non-operative treatment fails, there may be a need for surgical excision of the neuroma.
Overall having a neuroma in your foot is fairly common and the results are favorable when treated correctly. If you have any questions or concerns about a potential neuroma or any foot and ankle problem please call Brucato Foot and Ankle Surgery and make an appointment.