Why it’s Time for Morton’s Neuroma Surgery

Robert G. Parker
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Dr. Parker is a podiatrist and surgeon in Houston, TX who has been helping patients for more than 40 years.

A new year means a new awards season. We’ve already had a number of shows, including the Golden Globes, and just ahead in February is the big night: the Academy Awards. Few other places will you see so many sky-high heels that are probably causing aches and pains! Anyone with a Morton’s neuroma knows how uncomfortable heels can be—sadly, flats might not help either. Shoe changes are not enough for some people. For them, it’s time to consider Morton’s neuroma surgery.

Morton’s neuroma surgery is, like other invasive procedures, considered a last resort. Noninvasive methods of pain relief and damage control are always tried first. Changing footwear so that less pressure is put on the forefoot is important. Using orthotics or even over-the-counter metatarsal pads to help support the foot and absorb some strain can help. You might need direct injections of anti-inflammatory medication to reduce some of the swelling and irritation around the nerve. If these methods don’t work, however, you need another option.

Surgery is a way to directly decompress the stressed nerve, or remove it altogether, to alleviate your pain. It becomes an option when conservative efforts to control your condition fail. Nerve damage is painful and can become permanent if not cared for promptly and appropriately. A surgical procedure is a safe way to really deal with the painful problem.

Decompression works to release tension and pressure in the soft tissues around the nerve that may be pinching it. The surgery site is numbed up and a small incision is made—usually on the top of the foot—to speed up the healing process. Then, the soft tissues are moved to relieve the nerve. Removing the neuroma excises the damaged tissue, immediately reducing pain. Again, the incision is made on the top of the foot, but this time the swollen portion of the nervous tissue is carefully cut out.

Which procedure will work best for you will depend entirely on your unique feet and daily needs. Each method has pros and cons. The key is that they eliminate the pain and allow the forefoot to heal. If your neuroma is causing intense discomfort and refusing to respond to conservative care, it’s time to consider Morton’s neuroma surgery. Let Parker Foot & Ankle in Houston, TX, help you take that step and eradicate your nerve pain. Call (281) 497-2850 to make an appointment today.

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