Neuromas are enlarged, benign growths of nerves, most commonly between the third and fourth toes. They are caused by bones and other tissue rubbing against and irritating the nerves. Abnormal bone structure or pressure from ill-fitting shoes also can create the condition, which can result in pain, burning, tingling, or numbness between the toes and in the ball of the foot. Conservative treatment can include padding, taping and orthotic devices.
Plantar fasciitis is caused by an inflammation of the plantar fascia (the tissue along the bottom of your foot that connects your heel bone to your toes). Plantar fasciitis causes stabbing or burning pain that's usually worse in the morning. Once your foot limbers up, the pain of plantar fascia normally decreases, but it may return after long periods of standing or after getting up from a seated position. Under normal circumstances, your plantar fascia acts like a shock-absorbing bowstring, supporting the arch in your foot. But, if tension on that bowstring becomes too great, it can create small tears in the fascia and can cause inflammation of this plantar fascial ligament.