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A pinched nerve in the foot can be extremely painful. Known as Morton's neuroma, the nerve may be pinched between the toes or other areas in the ball of foot, creating the neuroma. You may have difficulty walking because of the numbing or tingling, or it may seem like a pebble is under your foot.
At University of Maryland our foot specialists can help find a solution to this painful problem, which is caused by:
- High arch
- Toe deformity
- Tight calves
- Flat feet
- High heels or tight shoes
Symptoms often get worse over time, so you will want to see a specialist as soon as you have symptoms.
Wearing different shoes or taking oral anti-inflammatory medications to decrease the swelling can help relieve the discomfort. A metatarsal foot pad or custom orthotics can also help.
In more extreme cases, cortisone or a sclerosing agent injected around the nerve or surgery can be performed to remove the neuroma and relieve the pain.