What you should know about Benign Foot Tumors
People do not usually associate tumors and podiatry, yet neuromas occur fairly often in the feet. Benign nerve tumors result from irritation in the body. They appear in the feet most often between the third and fourth metatarsal spaces. In some cases, they may be present under the heel, in conjunction with heel spurs.
The neural network in the food runs from inside the ankle bone to the bottom of the foot, between the metatarsal heads, and out to the sides of the toes. This anatomical construction itself allows the bones to put pressure on the nerves. And when “natural” stress is combined with the trauma feet ordinarily suffer, neuromas may result.
The good news is that the nerve tumors usually respond well to the simplest treatments. Switching to properly-fitted shoes that do not bind the feet can solve the problem, in some cases. Pads that separate the metatarsals may help. Orthotics may be needed to eliminate the pressure on the nerve sheath, if these measures fail.
To make an appointment with podiatrist Dr. Brown, DPM to speak about foot tumors, please contact the Ryan Foot and Ankle Clinic today at 586-758-5770.