At the Gentle Foot Care Clinic (offices in both Brandon and Zephyrhills, Florida), Dr. Rajnish Manohar takes great care in helping to find out what problems you have with your feet. The neuroma is a condition that plagues many of the patients that are seen by Dr. Manohar. Here’s some information about neuromas, as well as some tips for treatment and relief.
Exactly what is a Neuroma?
A neuroma is an agonizing condition, also referred to as a “pinched nerve” or a nerve tumor. It is a benign growth of nerve tissue regularly discovered in between the third and 4th toes. It brings on discomfort, a burning experience, tingling, or numbness in between the toes and in the ball of the foot. Another name for a podiatric neuroma is Morton’s neuroma, which is also known as Morton’s metatarsalgia or interdigital neuroma.
The principal signs and symptom associated with a neuroma is discomfort between the toes while walking. Those struggling with the condition commonly discover relief by stopping their walk, removing their shoe, and rubbing the affected area. Sometimes, Dr. Manohar will hear reports from patients who will describe the discomfort as much like having a stone in his/her shoe. The large majority of people who establish neuromas are ladies.
Signs of Neuroma
- Discomfort in the forefoot and between the toes
- Tingling and tingling in the sphere of the foot
- Swelling between the toes
- Discomfort in the ball of the foot when weight is put on it
Although the exact cause for this condition is unclear, a number of aspects can contribute to the development of a neuroma:
Biomechanical deformities, such as a high-arched foot or a flat foot, can lead to the development of a neuroma. These foot types prompt instability around the toe joints, causing the development of the condition.
- Injury can cause damage to the nerve, resulting in swelling or swelling of the nerve.
- Inappropriate shoes that causes the toes to be squeezed together is troublesome. Stay clear of high-heeled shoes higher than 2 inches.
- Shoes at this height can enhance pressure on the forefoot location.
- Repeated stress, usual to many professions, can create or aggravate a neuroma.
Neuroma diagnosis and Treatment
Treatment options vary with the severity of each neuroma, and recognizing the neuroma early in its development is important to prevent surgical correction.
For easy, undeveloped neuromas, a pair of thick-soled shoes with a wide toe box is typically adequate treatment to ease symptoms, allowing the condition to decrease by itself. For more serious conditions, however, added treatment or surgery may be essential to eliminate the growth.
The primary objective of most early treatment regimens is to ease pressure on areas where a neuroma develops. Dr. Manohar will examine and most likely X-ray the afflicted location and recommend a treatment plan that finest fits your individual case. Simply schedule an appointment with him at either his Brandon or Zephyrhills office.
Cushioning and Taping: Unique cushioning at the sphere of the foot may change the unusual foot function and ease the symptoms triggered by the neuroma.
Medication: Anti-inflammatory medicines and cortisone injections can be prescribed to relieve sharp pain and swelling triggered by the neuroma.
Orthotics: Custom-made shoe inserts made by Dr. Manohar could work in controlling foot function. Orthotics may minimize symptoms and prevent the worsening of the condition.
Surgical Options: When early treatments fail and the neuroma progresses past the limit for such options, podiatric surgery may become essential. The treatment, which removes the irritated and enlarged nerve, can typically be carried out on an outpatient basis, with a recovery time that is commonly just a couple of weeks. Dr. Manohar will thoroughly explain the surgeries to be made use of and the outcomes you can anticipate. Any discomfort following surgical treatment is easily managed with medications suggested by him.
Prevention of Neuroma
Although the specific causes of neuromas are not totally understood, the following preventive steps might assist:
- Make sure your workout shoes have adequate space in the front part of the shoe and that your toes are not exceedingly compressed.
- Use shoes with sufficient cushioning in the sphere of the foot.
- Prevent extended time in shoes with a slim toe box or extreme heel height (greater than two inches).
If you have a pinched nerve in your foot and think it may be a neuroma and would like to get some relief, please contact Dr. Rajnish Manohar at his Brandon office (813) 502-5904 or in Zephyrhills (813) 782-3233. Alternately, you can submit a request by clicking the button below to schedule an appointment.
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Dr. Manohar has been in private practice as a Podiatrist in Zephyrhills since 2001, treating Foot and Ankle Pain including Diabetic Foot Pain and Neuropathy, as well as, providing routine Diabetic Foot Care.
Dr. Manohar is board certified by the American Board of medical specialties in Podiatric Medicine. He is a member of the American Academy of Podiatric Sports Medicine. Dr. Manohar resides in Temple Terrace, Florida.
Dr. Manohar specializes in treating foot and ankle pain, Plantar Fasciitis and Heel spurs, Neuromas, Peripheral Neuropathy, Ingrown toenails, Non healing wounds, corns, calluses, Warts, Cysts, Toenail fungus.