Are you suffering from a painful foot or ankle condition? You might want to explore treatment options like neuroma foot surgery from an experienced podiatrist. Neuroma foot surgery is probably a treatment option that you are not familiar with, but it just might be the right solution for you.
First, what is a neuroma?
A neuroma is when the thickening nerve tissue between the toes of your foot becomes compressed or pinched between the bone and adjacent ligaments. This causes pain and discomfort when the nerve is enlarged.
Symptoms of a neuroma include tingling, burning, numbness, and pain in the inside ball of your foot. Often times, it feels like a sock is bunched up in a shoe, causing discomfort. These symptoms are usually gradual and start from performing certain activities or wearing narrow-toed shoes. To find temporary relief, you can massage the ball of your foot, but the pain will worsen and end up progressing from temporary to lasting for a few days to even permanent.
What causes a neuroma?
Neuromas are caused by compression or irritation to the nerve. This can be caused by wearing high-heels or box-toed shoes. Also, certain foot conditions can cause neuromas such as a previous injury, bunions, hammer toes or flat feet. Repetitive running can also cause irritation to the ball of the foot causing a neuroma.
What are my treatment options for a neuroma?
If you think you have a neuroma, the first thing you should do is visit a podiatrist for an accurate diagnosis and to learn about the right treatment options for you. Neuroma foot surgery is going to be the best option for lasting relief. At the Foot and Ankle Center of Arizona, we perform the surgery with optimal visualization for the safest and best results. The best part about the surgery is that you will feel no pain during the procedure.
The surgery starts with an incision on the top of the foot. Once the surgery starts, your surgeon will decide if they should leave the nerve or completely remove it. If the nerve stays put, the surgeon will cut the ligament, relieving tension against the nerve and leaving you with no loss of feeling in the area. If the nerve needs to be removed, you may experience numbness in some of your toes since the nerve supplies the feeling in the toes. The surgeon will then close the area up with stitches. You will need to wear post-operative shoes during the recovery process and return for suture removal in 14 days. Most patients will fully recover from neuroma foot surgery without pain in just three weeks.
The Foot and Ankle Center of Arizona
If you are suffering from a neuroma or any foot or ankle injury, schedule an appointment with the Foot and Ankle Center of Arizona to receive the most effective care for your foot or ankle injury. At the Foot and Ankle Center of Arizona, every patient receives specialized care while being provided with only the most excellent customer service. The skilled and experienced team at the Foot and Ankle Center of Arizona will provide you with the right treatment option, using only the finest medical equipment. To find relief from your ankle injury, contact us today.