If you experience tingling, numbness or a sharp, burning pain between toes or in the ball of your foot, you could have a neuroma.

“When bones press together, they can irritate a nerve, causing abnormal growth of nerve tissue called a neuroma,” says Dr. Smith. “Neuromas are associated with wearing tight shoes or high heels. Repetitive stress can also contribute to their formation.”

Neuromas typically develop between the middle toes and cause tingling, numbness and/or sharp pain in the toes and ball of the foot. Dr. Smith says it may begin as a minor irritation, forming a painful lump if left untreated. Reducing neuroma pain and swelling may involve:

If these treatments have no effect, permanent numbing or removal may be necessary. Remember to see Dr. Smith for an early diagnosis of any foot pain.