Neuroma Treatment in Eastern Tennessee
What is Neuroma?
A neuroma is a growth of nerve tissue that is usually harmless and can happen in different places on the body. Neuromas can cause pain, tingling, burning, or stiffness because the nerve gets bigger. They are also called “pinched nerves” or “nerve tumors.”
Morton’s neuroma is one of the most common kinds. It usually shows up between the third and fourth toes and makes the ball of the foot hurt. Neuromas don’t have a clear cause, but they can be caused by trauma, stress that happens over and over, or other things that irritate nerves.
When neuromas are properly diagnosed and treated, the signs and pain they cause can go away.
SYMPTOMS OF NEUROMA
Neuromas can be very painful, especially when they happen in the feet. If the symptoms aren’t addressed, they often get worse over time. Here is a list of typical symptoms:
- Tingling or numbness
- A feeling of something in the shoe
- Clicking sensation
If you have any of these signs on a regular basis, you should visit an orthopedic doctor. When a neuroma is treated early, the symptoms don’t get worse and the treatment is more likely to work.
WHAT CAUSES A NEUROMA?
Neuromas happen when nerves are irritated or damaged, which causes nerve tissue to grow. The exact reasons can be different, but some common ones are:
- Type of footwear
- Repetitive stress
- Structure of the foot
- Other conditions
Understanding the cause is key to treating the condition well and keeping it from coming back.
Neuromas can be treated in a number of ways, depending on how bad the problem is and what the person needs. By getting to the root of the problem and treating the symptoms, patients can go back to their normal routines with less pain. Some choices for treatment are:
- Changes to your shoes – Putting less pressure on the neuroma can be done by wearing wider shoes with padded bottoms or orthotic inserts
- Medication – Pain and swelling can be lessened with anti-inflammatory drugs or corticosteroid shots
- Padding or taping – This can help support the arch of the foot and take pressure off the nerve
- Physical therapy – Techniques and movements used in physical therapy to strengthen the foot and relieve pain
- Surgery – If the above treatments don’t help, foot surgery may be the next step to remove the neuroma
NEUROMA CARE IN KNOXVILLE, TN
Living with neuroma can be a painful and challenging experience, but you don’t have to navigate it alone. At Tennessee Orthopaedic Clinics, our dedicated team of specialists provides expert care and guidance tailored to your needs.
For more information, give us a call or schedule an appointment online. Our orthopedic clinic has multiple locations. We serve patients in Knoxville, TN, Oak Ridge, TN, Sevierville, TN, and Lenoir City, TN. Step into a life of greater comfort and mobility by reaching out to us today for personalized neuroma care solution.
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