What Is Morton’s Neuroma?
A neuroma consists of thickening of the tissue (a growth) surrounding the nerves between the toes (normally the forth and fifth toes). It resembles a benign tumor and results in pain, tingling or numbness in the ball of the foot. It is often compared to the feeling of walking with a stone in one’s shoe.
What Is Morton Neuroma Treatment?
This condition will not resolve on it’s own and once the tissue has become thickened, medical treatment or intervention is necessary. There are a range of different treatments but the earlier the condition is diagnosed and treated, the less extreme the medical intervention will need to be.
This normally involves injecting steroids into the affected area. Neurolytic injections are effective in preventing the nerves from transmitting pain signals. Plasma and stem cell injections can also be helpful in treating the symptoms. These procedures must be performed by a qualified medical practitioner normally under the guidance of an ultrasound.
Physical therapy involves therapeutic massage, contrast therapy (hot and cold treatment) as well as toe and ankle exercises and stretching. These therapies are designed to alleviate swelling, reduce pressure on the nerve and promote blood circulation.
Custom-made orthotics are ideal for preventing and reducing the symptoms of Morton’s Neuroma. Orthotics include a range of products such as shoe inserts, arch supports and foot pads.
In cases where the symptoms cannot be alleviated by the above mentioned conservative treatments, surgery is recommended. There are basically two surgical approaches:
– Decompression Surgery involves techniques that relieve the pressure on the nerve. This can involve cutting the surrounding structures such as the ligaments.
– Complete removal of the thickened tissue or growth. This procedure will also involve the excision of the nerve as it cannot be separated from the growth. This is an extreme measure as it can result in the permanent loss of feeling in the toes and front of the foot.
Surgical procedures for Morton’s Neuroma must be performed by a qualified orthopedic surgeon normally in a hospital or clinic environment. Recovery is relatively quick and symptoms are resolved instantly after surgery.
At the Morton Neuroma Treatment Center, a tailor-made treatment plan is designed to suit the specific requirements of each patient. This treatment plan takes into consideration the level of pain and other symptoms that an individual may be suffering from.
It also involves a tried and tested approach. If a specific therapy or treatment plan is not effective in alleviating the symptoms, other treatments will be prescribed until a treatment that does work is found.
Non-invasive treatments are the first plan of action involving physiotherapy and orthotics. Non-surgical approaches such as steroidal injections will follow should the non-invasive treatments be ineffective. Surgery is only recommended in extreme cases where the pain is substantial and conservative therapies unsuccessful.
The Morton Neuroma Treatment Center is unique in offering this multilevel, comprehensive approach to include the entire range of treatments for the condition.