Plantar Neuroma

A plantar neuroma is a thickened and inflamed nerve in the webspace between two toes. It is usually between the 2nd and 3rd toes, or between the 3rd and 4th toes.

Plantar neuroma occurs more often in people who spend a lot of time on their feet. Pain with plantar neuroma is located in the ball of the foot, especially with weight bearing. The pain is made worse by tight fitting shoes.


Plantar neuroma can be treated with use of a pad in the shoe to reduce pressure on the ball of the foot. Injection of cortisone around the nerve also can be effective.

If conservative measures do not relieve symptoms adequately, surgery can be done to remove the abnormal nerve segment. This is done through a small incision under local anesthesia, as an outpatient.
Plantar Neuroma