Treatment Options for Neuromas
A neuroma is not as ominous as it sounds, so if your podiatrist in Pflugerville, TX, diagnoses you with a neuroma, there’s no need to panic. In reality, while this condition can become quite painful, it’s not dangerous and is usually simple to treat. Neuromas happen when an abnormal bundle of nerves grows somewhere on your body — in this case, your feet. This is called Morton’s neuroma, and it usually appears between the third and fourth toe. If you develop Morton’s neuroma, it may feel as though you constantly have a pebble in your shoe.
What Can Be Done to Treat Neuromas?
Your podiatrist will have several options for treating your neuroma and may be able to recommend lifestyle changes you can make on your own to help lessen the pain. Treatment options include:
Padding and Taping
This treatment involves placing a small piece of padding beneath the painful area of your foot and then loosely taping it into place using zinc oxide tape. It’s purpose is to reduce the pressure on the painful nerve bundle. Your podiatrist will be careful to apply the tape using just enough, but not too much, pressure. Wrapping tape too tightly around a foot that has developed Morton’s neuroma can worsen the condition. But when done correctly, it can bring immediate relief from pain.
Your podiatrist may recommend custom-made shoe inserts to ease the pain of Morton’s neuroma. If so, they’ll examine and take molds of your affected foot to send away to a lab for fabrication. Your custom shoe insert will be made of thermoplastic material, which lasts for years. It will be specially designed to ease pressure beneath your neuroma.
Sometimes, anti-inflammatory medications can help ease the pain of Morton’s neuroma. Cortisone injections may also be helpful. In more severe cases, surgery may be required. In Pflugerville, TX, Dr. Jeffery LaMour, DPM, PA can help ease the pain of Morton’s neuroma. Call today to schedule a consultation.