Mortons Neuroma Treatments
What can you do yourself to help relieve Mortons Neuroma?
- Remove the shoe and massage your forefoot area and toes.
- Rest the foot completely.
- Wear shoes with a broad forefoot, low heel, and a good arch (e.g.. running or walking shoes).
- Use pronation control orthotics like the Orthosport Activ-8 ™ orthotic, a good choice for moderate over pronators.
What treatments might a Podiatrist give for Morton's Neuroma?
- Order special diagnostic imaging to establish a correct diagnosis.
- Identify why the Mortonís Neuroma has developed.
- Physically manipulate the foot, attempting to feel (palpate) the enlarged nerve.
- Gently mobilise a joint to restore normal movement, applicable when restricted joint movement is causing nerve sheath irritation.
- If abnormal foot motion is causing compression and/or irritation of the nerve sheath your Podiatrist may prescribe Casted Orthotics to control abnormal foot motion.
- Apply orthopaedic pads to relieve pressure on the nerve in the foot.
- Use physical therapy, ie Ultrasound.
- Inject powerful anti-inflammatory medication around the affected nerve in the foot.
- Cryosurgery treatment. See our Cryosurgery for Morton's Neuroma page for details.
- Recommend surgical excision of the affected nerve (generally a last resort due to potential complications such as scar tissue, loss of normal sensation and recurrence).
Conventional Neuroma Surgery
Conventional surgery for Morton's Neuroma involves a general anaesthetic or local anaesthetic foot block, followed by excision of the neuroma. The surgery generally requires the use of stitches, strong pain killers and a post operative shoe or boot that is worn for several weeks. The stitches should be kept clean and dry.
Complications of conventional surgery for Morton's Neuroma include post-operative infection, haematoma, numbness and the development of a stump neuroma. Stump neuroma are neuroma that form at the stump of the excised nerve in the foot. Stump neuroma are frequently as painful as the original neuroma and sometimes more so. Stump neuroma formation occurs in approximately 20% of patients that undergo conventional surgery for Morton's Neuroma.
If you require treatment for Morton's Neuroma or foot neuroma, we offer Cryosurgery treatment for Morton's Neuroma at our clinic in Sheffield, UK.
Please contact us for further information and to book an appointment.