Q: What is a neuroma?
A: Pain, numbness, or tingling in the forefoot, usually between and extending into the third and fourth toes, almost always indicates a neuroma, which is caused by the irritation of one or more nerves in the forefoot. This is usually the result of poor biomechanics. Try using a metatarsal pad or custom orthotics. Switching to running shoes with more motion control should be helpful. A podiatrist should be consulted to assess the degree of nerve damage. It is best to wait until the pain subsides or is treated before engaging in long runs or lengthy activities.
Dr. Howard Green, Podiatrist, DrHowardGreen.com