Neuromas frequently cause numbness, burning or shooting pain in the ball of the foot, which may radiate into the toes. It is caused by thickening of a nerve in the ball of the foot from repetitive trauma. This may be caused by bones in the foot rubbing together as a result of excessive activity or tight fitting shoes.
Treatment may involve x-rays to rule out osseous pathology, cortisone injections to reduce inflammation, padding, taping, proper shoes or orthotics. Some cases may ultimately require surgical excision of the inflamed portion of the nerve.