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WHAT ARE NEUROMAS?
Commonly called a Morton´s neuroma, this problem begins when the outer coating of a nerve in your foot thickens. This thickening is usually caused by irritation that results when two bones repeatedly rub together (often due to ill-fitting shoes or abnormal bone movement). The area between the third and fourth toes is the most commonly affected; the area between the second and third toes is another common irritation point. Nerve problems due to diabetes or alcoholism may also cause neuroma –like symptoms.
SYMPTOMS OF NEUROMAS
The pain from neuromas may start gradually, causing burning, tingling, cramping, or numbness. Symptoms often occur after you’ve been walking or standing for a period of time. It might feel like you’re stepping on a lamp cord. You may need to take your shoe off and rub your foot. In some cases, the pain radiates from the tip of the toes to the ankle.
Custom show inserts adjust the structural support of your foot, helping to prevent irritation to the nerve.
Sound waves may help reduce swelling around the neuroma.
Cortisone injections or other medication can relieve pain and swelling in the nerve’s outer coating.
Pads can cushion and support the parts of your foot that are vulnerable. Roomy supportive shoes can help prevent irritation.
WILL I NEED SURGERY?
If nonsurgical care does not help, surgery may be necessary to remove the neuroma. A local anesthetic may be used for this procedure. The Surgery may be done in your podiatrist’s office, a surgical center, or a hospital.
Dr. Ahmadi specializes in reconstructive surgical and non-surgical care for children and adults as well as a wide variety of foot and ankle diseases and disorders. He places emphasis on educating patients about the function and dynamics of the foot and ankle in order to prevent future problems.
The foot and ankle are critically important to the health of the entire body. Dr. Ahmadi strives to help his patients understand these connections and develop useful ways to maintain a healthy functioning of the foot and ankle in relation to movement and posture. Positive results may significantly affect the issues of knee, hip, spinal function, vascular circulation, lung and heart function and emotional well being.