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By Mid-Michigan Foot & Ankle Center
June 07, 2018
Category: Foot Conditions
Tags: neuromas  

Functioning normally when you are regularly in pain can be extremely difficult. Pain can race through the foot at the most inopportune times and can cause you to falter during the most routine tasks. Sometimes the pain comes sharply, while at other times it burns and tingles. Living with this type of pain can be due to a neuroma. A neuroma is a condition in which a nerve becomes inflamed and has excess growth. It wreaks havoc on the foot and can greatly impact your lifestyle.

Cause

When it comes to neuromas, there is not always a precise reason as to why one develops. There are different types of behaviors or circumstances that can contribute to the making of a neuroma:

Deformities of the foot that impact mobility can be linked to a neuroma. For example, a flat foot or high arch can cause a neuroma to develop. This is because feet that are not stable while moving around can cause damage to the joints of the foot. The joints have many different nerves in and around them that can become irritated and turn into a neuroma.

A traumatic injury or incident can also cause a neuroma to grow. If a nerve is damaged and begins to swell or become inflamed, it can spur the growth of a neuroma.

Wearing the wrong shoes can also propel your foot into the world of the neuroma. If your shoes are too narrow and squeeze your toes, or put pressure on your forefoot in general, you could find yourself with a neuroma in no time.

Overuse or repeated stress of the foot can create a neuroma. Athletes who are constantly jumping or moving around are especially prone to neuromas due to the constant stress and use of their feet for their passion.

Effect

Neuromas can appear slowly and you may not even realize you have one until it’s too late. Symptoms of a neuroma include forefoot pain and pain between the toes, tingling, numbness, swelling, and pain when bearing weight on the ball of the foot. Neuroma pain can impact your daily life and functionality.

Suspect you are suffering from neuroma pain? Don’t wait until walking is unbearable – take action now by visiting a podiatrist. Call Dr. Andrew H. Cohen of Mid-Michigan Foot & Ankle Center located in Saginaw and Bay City, Michigan. You can reach our office at 989-790-8009 or make an appointment online today. Do not let neuroma pain rule your life.

By Mid-Michigan Foot & Ankle Center
February 28, 2018
Category: Foot Pain
Tags: Foot Surgery   neurolysis   neuromas  

Suffering from nerve damage or a nerve disorder can be extremely painful. This is doubly so when the condition is affecting your feet. Your feet are your main mode of transportation and play a very active role during your day to day life. Fortunately, many podiatrists provide a treatment known as neurolysis.

Neurolysis can treat nerve conditions and relieve any pain or discomfort. Inflamed nerve tissues are referred to as neuromas and commonly form on the ball of the foot between the third and fourth, or the second and third, toes as a result of injury or trauma. Neurolysis involves hardening the nerve, while surgery involves either removing the damaged nerve tissue or reducing pressure on the nerve.

How neurolysis is performed

Neurolysis involves injecting a mixture of ethanol and anesthetic into the nerve to harden it. Injections may need to be administered once a week, for a period of time determined by your podiatrist, to destroy the nerve and relieve symptoms.

Nerve surgery can be performed using either the plantar approach to remove the nerve tissue or the dorsal approach to relieve pressure on the nerve. In the plantar approach, the nerve tissue is removed through incisions on the sole of the foot. In the dorsal approach, the metatarsal ligament is released through an incision on the top of the foot in order to reduce pressure on the nerve. The right type of approach will be determined by your podiatrist during an examination appointment.  Both surgeries require recovery time but, typically, the dorsal approach requires shorter downtime.

Nerve conditions and damage such as neuromas can be very painful and debilitating. Before deciding whether or not to undergo surgery, it is imperative that you consult with a podiatrist. Surgery may not be right for everyone and should be decided on a case by case basis. If you do not have a podiatrist, consider choosing us. Call Dr. Andrew H. Cohen of Mid-Michigan Foot & Ankle Center, located in Saginaw and Bay City, Michigan. Call 989-790-8009 or make an appointment online today. You don’t have to let neuromas rule your life.