Foot & Ankle Surgery located in Fort Worth, TX
Neuromas are nerves that become inflamed and irritated, causing chronic foot pain. If you’re experiencing symptoms that could be due to a neuroma, the board-certified, fellowship-trained surgeons at Trinity Foot & Ankle Specialists in Fort Worth, Texas, can help. They specialize in treating conditions like Morton’s neuroma in the feet using nonsurgical therapies and advanced surgical solutions. To find relief from your painful neuroma, call Trinity Foot & Ankle Specialists today, or book an appointment online.
A neuroma is thickened nerve tissue. Morton’s neuroma (also known as an intermetatarsal neuroma) is the most common one that affects the foot. It occurs between your third and fourth toes between the metatarsal bones. You can also get neuromas in other parts of your foot.
The tissue thickening and enlargement that causes a neuroma is due to compression and irritation of the nerve. Untreated neuromas can result in permanent nerve damage and chronic pain.
A neuroma causes ongoing pain plus tingling or burning sensations and numbness in your forefoot. You might feel like there’s something inside the ball of your foot or that your sock is bunched up in your shoe.
Symptoms start gradually and may go away if you remove your shoe, massage the foot, or avoid footwear and activities that aggravate your symptoms. As the neuroma gets bigger, your symptoms become worse and the pain more constant.
The compression and irritation of your nerve that leads to neuromas could result from:
If you play sports or take part in activities that cause repeated irritation of the ball of your foot, that can also lead to a neuroma.
To treat a mild to moderate neuroma, your podiatrist might recommend noninvasive approaches. These could include:
You should also limit your activities until the neuroma symptoms improve, and avoid going barefoot. Some patients might need corticosteroid or alcohol injections to help reduce the inflammation and nerve enlargement.
You might benefit from surgery for your neuroma if conservative treatments and steroid injections don’t relieve your symptoms.
The Trinity Foot & Ankle Specialists team performs advanced, minimally invasive decompression surgery to treat neuromas. They’ve had specialized training in nerve release techniques that spare the nerve, reducing the risk that you’ll lose the feeling in your forefoot and toes.
The team can also perform nerve removal if necessary. They do both primary and revision neuroma surgery using specialized loupe magnification to visualize the nerve more clearly.
To find a solution to your painful neuroma, call Trinity Foot & Ankle Specialists today, or book an appointment online.