Neuromas are a hardening and thickening of nerve tissue that usually forms in the foot, although it can happen in other parts of the body as well. It is basically an inflamed development of nerves which generally occurs from friction forces being applied to the nerves of the foot due to shoes that simply do not fit correctly. They may also form if the foot has abnormally shaped structures which cause nerve damage regardless of the footwear chosen. Symptoms include a loss of sensation or a hot feeling due to the nature of nerves. Moreover, those with diabetes have an increased risk of developing nerve damage in the foot due to their reduced blood flow and nerve function. So, diabetics must exercise extra caution with regards to this condition.
Treatment for this condition includes:
·Physical therapy targeting the heel and bottom of the foot.
·Using the correct size shoe so that feet are not squeezed against the inside of the shoemaking this condition worse.
·Medicines to reduce pain.
·Electric therapy to reduce sensation in the nerves and the accompanying pain.
·Surgical procedures may be required when the enlarged nerve does not stop causing pain after receiving the above-described treatments.
o The afflicted neuroma will be removed to prevent the ongoing sensation of pain although complications may include a lack of sensation in surrounding areas since nerves are complex in their function.
o Recovery time will vary, with most patients able to return to moderate activity within 4 weeks.
This condition can become a serious problem for a variety of individuals if not treated timely. Please contact us for immediate assistance with your neuroma condition. At Performance Foot & Ankle Specialists, LLC, located in Waterbury 203-755-0489 & Newtown 203-270-6724, Connecticut, our podiatrist, Dr. Joel S. Segalman, DPM, has the experience and track record to give your feet the best chance of overcoming nerve pain associated with this condition. So, please call our office at any of the two numbers listed above and experience the feeling of your feet again without the complications of damaged nerves interfering with your daily activities.