Neuromas are a common and painful condition on the ball of your foot that gets worse without proper treatment. While far more common in women, they can happen to men as well. Fortunately, today’s podiatrists have a wide range of treatments available to cure your condition and allow you return to your previous level of activity without pain. Dr. Velimir Petkov leads an expert team at Premier Podiatry in Passaic County, New Jersey. They can provide you with the neuroma treatment you need.
A painful condition, neuromas result from a pinched nerve or even a nerve tumor. Usually resulting from a trauma or direct hit, neuromas can appear anywhere on your body, including in your ears. But they’re most commonly found after an injury to your foot, causing ball of foot pain.
A thickening of either the nerve or the tissue surrounding it causes a sharp and burning pain on the ball of your foot. If left untreated, it can lead to permanent nerve damage. When a neuroma appears between your third and fourth toe, it’s known as Morton’s neuroma. Morton’s neuroma feels like you have a small stone in your shoe when you’re standing.
Although painful, neuromas respond well to non-invasive procedures if caught early enough. Otherwise, you may need acoustic neuroma treatment or Morton’s neuroma surgery. All neuromas require timely treatment by a qualified specialist such as Dr. Velimir Petkov and his skilled team of professionals at Premier Podiatry in Clifton, New Jersey, just a half hour from New York City.
Usually attributed to improper shoes or a foot injury, a nerve between the third and fourth toe gets pinched and radiates pain into your toes. Despite rigorous scientific research, scientists have yet to determine the precise cause for Morton’s neuroma. But doctors can trace the condition to nerve compression or irritation.
Anything that causes significant pressure or stress on the nerves that stretch to your toes may lead to neuromas. Some of the most significant risk factors associated with neuroma development include:
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While Morton’s neuromas feel like a lump in your foot, you won’t be able to find the lump; it’s not normally visible. Instead, the painful sensation determines its condition. Other common symptoms include:
Morton’s neuroma symptoms progress gradually. At first, they may only appear when you’re wearing uncomfortable shoes. The pain dissipates after taking off your shoes or massaging your feet. Eventually, the condition grows worse as the nerves suffer permanent damage.
Once your New Jersey podiatrist has determined the severity of your neuroma through state-of the art diagnostics such as digital x-rays, a diagnostic ultrasound or an MRI, he develops a custom neuroma treatment plan for you. For minor to moderate cases, conservative techniques of Morton’s neuroma treatment are usually effective. They include:
If your condition is so severe that it doesn’t respond to conservative therapies, your podiatrist may suggest more aggressive forms of Morton’s neuroma treatment, such as:
Neuroma surgery only takes about 30 minutes and is performed with just a local anesthetic. Plan to spend about three hours at the practice in Clifton, NJ, including the time for preparation and recovery. Someone else must drive you home.
Morton’s neuromas are a degenerative condition. Early detection gives you the best prognosis for a successful recovery. If you’re suffering from some of the symptoms, get Morton’s neuroma treatment from a trained and respected podiatrist. Contact Premier Podiatry today for an evaluation and proper treatment.Give Us A Call Today 973-315-5555