Neuromas are a serious foot condition because the nerves are impacted. Our podiatrist, John Schilero, DPM, at the Palm Beach Orthopaedic Institute, can help to treat this condition while striving to preserve nerve function. Please call us at 561-694-7776 EXT. 41 or visit us at our West Palm Beach, Jupiter, Wellington and Palm Beach Gardens, Florida locations to learn more about neuromas. Don’t forget to view our Patient Education section to learn more about this condition.
Neuromas can cause far reaching issues. They happen when two bones rub against each other, which effects the area between toes. Symptoms from this condition include a sweltering feeling or numbness that can happen after long walks or standing for a long period of time. Diabetes can also cause these symptoms to occur because of the nerve impact. Pain from this condition can become severe. If heavy objects fall on the toes or there is a significant trauma placed upon the foot, nerve damage may result, causing swelling, severe pain and numbness. For these reasons, it’s imperative that large impacts be avoided, especially to the toes since they can be precursors to neuromas if not treated timely. Surgery may be required in certain situations to remove the nerve that may be damaged or causing pain that’s not responding to conventional methods.
Treatment includes physical therapy or massaging the ball of the foot to alleviate neuroma pain. Shoes with a wide toe box and low heel are also helpful. Narrow shoes with high heels have the opposite effect and aggravate neuromas. Medications, ultrasound, special shoes or orthotics can help to reduce swelling. Surgery may be required in severe cases to eliminate the neuroma by removing the enlarged nerve. Diabetics must especially be careful because symptoms intensify due to nerve complications. Since nerve function is of the utmost importance, these surgeries can be risky since complications may include a loss of sensation if nearby nerves are damaged during the procedure. After surgery, recovery may take a month, during which weight should be placed on the foot.
Since this condition can cause pain or a loss of feeling, please contact us today to avoid serious complications.