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This syndrome is pain on the inside part of the third and fourth toes, where they touch each other. So why does a pain that is in such a small area have its own “syndrome”? The pain between these toes is caused by the nerve being pinched that supplies the area between these two toes. It is a very common injury in athletes, and it can keep them from playing their sport. This injury is common in tennis players and golfers; it seems kind of strange that pain in a tiny area between two to toes could keep a professional player benched.   If we talked to Venus or Serena Williams they would probably say that if they had this pain they would be sitting on the sidelines instead of running the court.

So what is the exact cause of this pain? Well a neuroma is defined as a buildup of tissue around a nerve that pinches the nerve, so it can no longer supply the area that it is supposed to. There is a nerve that runs in between the upper long bones of your third and fourth toes, this nerve can become pinched by the bones or it can be pinched by a buildup of tissue and it will no longer supply the area between these two toes, resulting in pain! This is common in golfers and tennis players because they spin on the ball of their foot, which can cause the nerve to become pinched. This is also very common from wearingshoesthat are too small.

So what can your local podiatrist Dr. Shah at Affiliated Foot and Ankle Care do for you if you are experiencing these symptoms? The most important thing is REST! Tylenol and ibuprofen would be recommended for the pain, and a custom fit shoe insert would be made to stabilize your foot.

By Nrupa Shah

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