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Neuromas on Foot

Welcome to the Foot and Ankle Center of Arizona, where exceptional podiatric care meets compassionate service. Situated conveniently at 7304 E Deer Valley Road Ste 100 in Scottsdale, AZ 85255, our clinic specializes in providing comprehensive solutions for Neuromas on Foot. Led by renowned podiatrist Dr. Kris DiNucci, DPM FACFAS, our team is committed to delivering superior care and achieving optimal outcomes for our patients.

Understanding Neuromas

Foot neuroma is a common condition that affects the feet and results in thickening of tissue around the nerve located there. Neuromas typically occur between toes three and four, causing severe pain as well as limiting mobility. Consequently, it’s imperative to comprehend both indications and possible reasons behind neuromas for them to be addressed well.


Neuromas on the feet can be caused by several reasons including repetitive stress that happens in the foot, use of tight or poorly fitting shoes, certain deformities of the foot, and traumatic injury. Those who engage in activities that keep putting stress on the forefoot are more prone to developing Neuromas.


The symptoms of Neuromas in the Foot may vary from person to person but commonly include:

  • Sharp, burning pain in the ball of the foot
  • Tingling or numbness in the toes
  • Sensation of a lump or pebble in the shoe
  • Discomfort that worsens with activity or wearing certain shoes

Comprehensive Treatment Options

At the Arizona Foot and Ankle Center, we provide a broad spectrum of therapeutic choices that are modified to match the distinctive preferences and requirements of every individual patient. We aim at relieving pain, improving foot functionality as well as enhancing the quality life of a person in general.

Conservative Treatments

For many patients, conservative measures can effectively manage Neuroma pain. These may include:

  • Orthotic devices to provide support and cushioning
  • Changes in footwear to reduce pressure on the affected area
  • Physical therapy exercises to strengthen foot muscles and improve mobility
  • Corticosteroid injections to reduce inflammation and alleviate pain

Advanced Interventions

In cases where conservative treatments fail to provide adequate relief, surgical intervention may be recommended. Morton’s Neuroma Surgery aims to remove the affected nerve tissue and relieve compression, thereby alleviating pain and restoring normal foot function. Our experienced surgical team utilizes the latest techniques and technologies to ensure optimal outcomes and minimal recovery time.

When to Seek Professional Help

To avoid chronic foot pain and to find out if you have a neuroma or not, medical advice is vital. It is possible that the condition will become worse or get complicated if the treatment is delayed. Our highly trained podiatrists are ready to assist you with accurate diagnosis, individualized treatment programs, and long-term support until your full recovery.

Diagnosing Neuromas

Diagnosing Neuromas in the Foot requires a comprehensive evaluation by a qualified podiatrist. During your initial consultation, Dr. Kris DiNucci, DPM FACFAS, will perform a thorough physical examination of your foot, review your medical history, and discuss your symptoms and concerns in detail. Additional diagnostic tests, such as X-rays or MRI scans, may be ordered to confirm the diagnosis and assess the extent of nerve involvement.

Morton’s Neuroma Surgery: What to Expect

If conservative treatments fail to provide relief, Morton’s Neuroma Surgery may be recommended. This minimally invasive procedure involves removing the affected nerve tissue to alleviate compression and relieve pain. Patients undergoing Morton’s Neuroma Surgery can typically expect the following:

 Pre-operative Preparation

Prior to surgery, you will meet with Dr. Kris DiNucci to discuss the procedure, review any pre-operative instructions, and address any questions or concerns you may have. It's essential to follow all pre-operative guidelines provided by our team to ensure a successful surgery and optimal outcome.

Surgical Procedure

Morton’s Neuroma Surgery is typically performed on an outpatient basis under local anesthesia. During the procedure, Dr. Kris DiNucci will make a small incision in the foot and carefully remove the affected nerve tissue. Special care is taken to preserve surrounding structures and minimize trauma to the foot.

Post-operative Care

Patients will receive comprehensive post-surgical information intended to streamline the healing process. An example of such instructions may be as follows:

  • Keep your leg up high to cut down on puffiness
  • Use medications prescribed for pain as advised by the doctor.
  • Stay off the foot for some days
  • Do wear supportive shoes and orthopedic insertions, if appropriate.

We will schedule follow-up visits to see how things are going with your recovery, evaluate your healing process, and answer any questions that you may have.

Neuromas FAQ

Morton’s Neuroma is not a cancerous growth or tumor. It is a non-malignant condition that occurs when the nerve tissue in the foot gets thickened, usually between the third and fourth toes. This is contrary to its appearance as a lump or swelling; it comes about as a result of squeezing of the nerve, not the existence of a tumor.

Morton’s Neuromas are relatively common foot conditions affecting a large part of the population. They are more common in females and people who do activities that involve repetitive pressure on the ball of the foot such as running or wearing high-heeled shoes.

The pain associated with Morton’s Neuroma is often described as sharp, burning, or tingling. Patients may experience discomfort in the ball of the foot, between the affected toes, or radiating into the toes. The pain may worsen with activity or wearing tight shoes and may be alleviated by rest or removing pressure from the foot.

Morton’s Neuromas can develop due to various factors, including:

  • Repetitive stress on the foot from activities like running or high-impact sports
  • Wearing tight or narrow shoes that compress the toes and forefoot
  • Certain foot deformities, such as high arches or bunions, that increase pressure on the nerves
  • Traumatic injuries or foot trauma that result in nerve irritation or inflammation

In case it is not treated, Morton’s Neuroma can get worse and possibly obstruct daily activities. On top of that, chronic pain and discomfort may throttle mobility and impair the quality of life. Furthermore, Unattended Neuromas can become larger over time thus making them worse thereby calling for more severe treatment measures.

Although Morton’s Neuroma may require additional treatments to get rid of the symptoms, recurrence is possible. There are several factors for Neuromas coming back after treatment. Such include incomplete healing, continued stress on the foot, and other underlying foot biomechanical issues. It is important that patients adhere to post-treatment requirements such as wearing appropriate shoes and using orthotics. Also, they have to change their behavior so as not to repeat an illness.

For more information about Morton’s Neuroma or its management, you can call at any time, or you can book a consultation with one of our highly qualified doctors who will provide a complete medical history and evaluation. We strive to offer all-inclusive care solutions tailored specifically to your particular podiatric needs by our team.


We focus on compassionate services, progressive remedies and individualized approaches to overcome foot pain and restore ambulation. if you’re suffering from Neuroma symptoms, don’t wait any longer – contact us today at 480.342.9999 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Kris DiNucci, DPM FACFAS, and take the first step towards relief. Your journey to healthier, happier feet starts here!


Dr. Kris Dinucci