Neuromas are enlarged growth of nerves that are generally benign. They can develop into a significant problem that can have lasting effects for your foot and ankle health. Our podiatrists, Jeffrey S. Kahn, D.P.M., Richard E. Ehle, D.P.M., Craig M. Kaufman, D.P.M. and Ayman M. Latif, D.P.M., can develop a treatment plan for dealing with your neuromas. We can be reached at Connecticut Foot Care Centers, LLC, located in Rocky Hill (860)-563-1200, Bristol (860) 582-0747, Middletown (860) 346-5226, Glastonbury (860) 633-6749, Newington (860) 666-2078 and Kensington (860) 828-9455, Connecticut. Also, don’t forget to visit our Patient Education section to learn more about neuromas via our website.
Neuromas generally form between the third and fourth toes and happen when there is rubbing and friction that harms nerves. This friction and pressure are usually due to shoes that don’t fit properly or a deformity in the bone structure. Indications of this condition include burning or numbness that travels from the ball of the foot to the toes. Other patients with this condition may experience cramping and severe pain that may be mistaken for stress fractures in the foot. This is why a proper diagnosis from a medical professional is helpful in developing the correct treatment to fix this condition.
Treatments will require wearing proper fitting shoes that have plenty of room, using orthotics to reduce the amount of pressure placed on the nerves and utilizing medications such as cortisone to minimize inflammation. Physical therapy can also be very helpful in stimulating proper nerve behavior. Neurolysis is another method of treatment whereby the damaged nerve is chemically abolished through weekly injections into the nerve site of a mixture of ethanol and anesthetic. This method is effective since nerves have tend to attract to ethanol and absorb it. After that process, the nerve that’s causing pain gets destroyed from the toxicity of the mixture. More than half the patients that undergo neurolysis have success in reducing pain caused by neuromas.
Since neuromas cause nerve damage, treatment for this condition is very important to the overall health of your foot and ankle. Please contact us to schedule a visit to end your neuroma pain.