Neuroma Surgery

Neuroma Surgery

Neuroma also stated as a pinched nerve or nerve tumour is a painful condition in which benign tumours or nerve tissue growth occurs. A neuroma can also be referred to as post-traumatic swelling of the nerve. A ball-shaped mass is formed at the site of injury. It is mostly found in between the area of toes.

There are many factors associated with the formation of a neuroma. These include improper or tight footwear that causes squeezing of feet, accidents, a trauma that can damage the nerve, and crushing injury.

Symptoms

Symptoms usually vary depending upon the severity of the disease. In severe cases, the pain of Norma can migrate from the injured to the non-injured areas through the nerve. Some common symptoms include

  • The sensation of pain between the toes and forefoot area
  • Redness and swelling in the toe
  • Sensitive to touch
  • Tingling, burning, and numbness in the affected area

Treatment Options

Treatments are dependent upon the type and severity of the condition. The tumour can grow with time and can increase the pain, making the situation worse. Treatment of neuroma helps provide relief from pain and associated symptoms.

Non-surgical treatments

Non-surgical treatments are always the first-line choice for treating any neurological condition. If the disease is mild, then some simple methods can help to provide relief. These may include;

  • Proper footwear – Wear shoes of your correct foot size that provide proper room for movement and relief from pressure on the affected area.
  • Medications – Different anti-inflammatory medicines like ibuprofen and naproxen are used to provide relief from pain. Injections can also be prescribed in case of severe illness or inflammation.
  • Rest and Massaging – Giving your feet proper rest and massaging the affected area helps provide relief from pain.
  • Icing – Rolling ice on the swelling or red area helps to reduce the swelling and improves comfort.
  • Orthotics – Specially designed shoes are used that reduce the pressure around the affected area, enhance foot comfort, correct foot deformities, and provide relief from the pain.

Surgical treatment

When all non-surgical treatments fail to assist with the pain or the symptoms worsen with time, then surgical procedures are followed.

  • Decompression surgery – In this operation, the nearby structure around the nerve is removed to relieve the pressure on the nerve. The adjacent structure can include ligaments binding the bone with feet.
  • Removal of nerve –This operation involves the removal of the growth area. In this process, the enlarged or inflamed nerve is removed. The recovery time of this operation is a few weeks. The pain followed by surgery is easily treated with medicines.
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