Close to one-third of the American population experiences neuromas. In fact, they are so common that they can develop for many reasons, from improper footwear to more severe underlying issues. Christopher Vittori, DPM, and Ameet Thakrar, DPM, at Vittori Foot & Ankle Specialist provide comprehensive neuroma treatments for people living in or around Homer Glen or New Lenox, Illinois. To learn more about neuromas and possible treatments, use the online booking tool or call for an appointment today.
A neuroma refers to an area of the nerve tissue that thickens. In feet, the most common type of neuroma is Morton’s neuroma, which is located between your third and fourth toes.
In most cases, Morton’s neuromas lead to a tingling sensation in the affected area, numbness, and a burning feeling as well. Combined, these three symptoms can cause severe pain, making it impossible to walk — or at least painful to do so.
With a neuroma, the above symptoms can spread to the ball of your foot, giving the impression that something is stuck in your shoe.
Neuromas occur because of nerve compression, so any number of conditions or behaviors can lead to it. For instance, some of the most common causes of neuromas include but are not limited to:
A neuroma can also develop suddenly, following a serious foot injury.
Treatments for neuromas vary according to their severity. Your podiatrist at Vittori Foot & Ankle Specialist may recommend anything from orthotics to injected medication to alleviate your symptoms and encourage the neuroma’s disappearance.
If the neuroma’s symptoms are not dissipating, your provider might recommend a minimally invasive surgery to get rid of the neuroma for good and help you get long-term relief.
During this minimally invasive procedure, your podiatrist removes the entirety of the neuroma or parts of the areas that irritate your nerve. Since these procedures are simple and painless, the recovery time is quick, so you can return to your daily activities without too much effort.
During your consultation at Vittori Foot & Ankle Specialist, your provider can recommend a series of lifestyle changes and maintenance options to prevent the development or the worsening of neuromas.
The most effective way to prevent a neuroma is to change your footwear. Always prioritize comfortable shoes over high-heeled, pointy ones. The more room your feet have to spread out, the healthier they stay.
Your provider might also recommend that you don’t overexert your feet, so regularly rest your feet, especially after doing sports, long walks, or if you are forced to wear compressing shoes.
It’s not always easy to prevent a neuroma, but with proper and ongoing podiatric care, you can take control of your foot health and prevent pain. Learn more by booking an appointment online or calling Vittori Foot & Ankle Specialist today.