Do you constantly feel as if you are walking with a stone in your shoe or are your toes numb and tingling? You may be suffering from a condition called Morton’s Neuroma where a nerve in the foot becomes compressed resulting in pain and numbness.
There are a variety of different Mortons Neuroma treatments available that are successful in reducing or eliminating the symptoms. Prescribed treatments are often dependent on the severity of the symptoms, how long the symptoms have persisted and the success of a specific treatment.
While this is the most effective treatment in relieving the symptoms of Morton’s Neuroma, it is often a last resort. This is mainly due to the fact that, like all types of surgical procedures, it is invasive, carries risks and could result in partial or total loss of feeling in the toes, ball and front of the foot.
The surgery can only be performed by a qualified orthopedic surgeon, in hospital, and involves the removal of the growth of tissue compressing the nerve as well as the nerve itself. It is highly recommended to attempt to resolve the condition through other, less invasive treatments before considering surgery.
2. Minimally Invasive Procedures
Minimally invasive treatments are normally the second action taken. These may include:
– Corticosteroid injections which reduce inflammation, decreasing the pressure on the nerve. This treatment is not however suitable for extended periods of time as there are side effects.
– Neurolytic injections use a sclerosing agent which reduces the hardening of the tissue surrounding the nerve in combination with an anesthetic to prevent the nerve from transmitting signals. There are no side-effects.
– Platelet Rich Plasma injections using your own cells are injected into the area to promote healing and cell regeneration.
– Cryotherapy Ablation employs extreme cold to destroy the nerves affected by Mortons Neuroma.
– Radiotherapy Ablation works similarly to Cyrotherapy except that it uses radio frequencies to destroy the nerves.
All these minimally invasive therapies are normally performed with the use of a local anesthetic and with the guidance of an ultrasound to direct the injections or ablation therapies. The procedures can only be performed by a qualified medical practitioner who specializes in the field to have the greatest success and minimize the risks.
3. Non-Invasive Treatments
Non-invasive therapies are often the first step in Mortons Neuroma treatment.
– Physiotherapy involves massage and manipulation of the muscles, tendons and ligaments in the foot to relieve pressure. Physio also increases blood flow to the area to promote healing. Hot and cold therapies are used to reduce inflammation.
– Orthotics are pads, gel packs or other inserts that are worn to minimize pressure on the nerve. These materials can be standard or custom-made to suit individual needs.
Often, the non-invasive and minimally invasive therapies are used in conjunction to design a treatment plan that will have the greatest effect. The Center for Morton’s Neuroma can provide all the above mentioned treatments, tailored to meet the specific needs of an individual patient on an ongoing basis.