Our feet contain lots of nerves. You are reminded of that fact every time you stub your toe or drop something on your foot. Those kinds of external trauma, in addition to unavoidable genetic inclinations, can inflame the nerves in your feet and cause you plenty of problems and pain. One such nerve issue is called a neuroma. While this condition can often be treated with cortisone injections, orthotics, or chemical destruction of the nerve, alleviating the pain and discomfort can sometimes require surgery.
What Are Neuromas?
A neuroma sometimes called a “Morton’s Neuroma,” refers to the swelling of nerve, usually on the ball of the foot, caused by trauma, compression, or genetics. This swelling left untreated, can lead to permanent nerve damage.
Typically, a neuroma will develop because of abnormal movement of the metatarsals, long bones behind the toes. Small nerves traverse the spaces of the metatarsals, splitting at the base of the toes into each individual toe. It is at this fork in the toes where the nerve can become pinched and swollen, forming a neuroma. Burning pain, tingling, and numbness in one or two of the toes is a frequent neuroma symptom.
If initial, non-invasive therapies fail to address the pain and inflammation, surgery will likely be recommended. Neuroma surgery involves the removal of the enlarged and inflamed nerve, usually between the metatarsal heads in the ball of the foot. Read More