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Monday, 21 May 2018 17:38

Don’t Let Neuromas Numb Your Feet

A Neuroma is a swollen or congealed nerve located in the ball of the foot and generally occurs due to the toes being squished in a tight and forced manner for long periods of time, which makes the nerve in between the toes become inflamed. The swelling makes walking painful. Factors that can create neuromas include footwear with high heels or that may be overly narrow. Symptoms of this type of nerve disorder include numbness in the foot that grows if left untreated, pain at the ball of the foot or discomfort at the base of the toes. Women, unfortunately, suffer from neuromas in greater numbers due to the types of shoes they wear.

Treatment for this condition involves:

  • Shoes that have large toe boxes for the toes to have ample room to move.
  • Ice placed on the area of discomfort can reduce the amount of pain by numbing the affected nerve.
  • Anti-inflammatory medications can help to significantly reduce the amount of nerve swelling.
  • To alleviate lingering pain from the swollen nerve painkillers can be prescribed.
  • Decrease any high-intense activities as they may irritate the already swollen nerve.
  • Massaging the area of pain may help to ease muscle aching around the nerve.
  • When the above methods do not reduce the symptoms associated with neuromas, a podiatrist can provide custom devices that act to keep toes separated so that they do not squeeze any nerves in between them.
  • Steroid injections may be helpful in reducing discomfort.

In severe circumstances, surgical procedures may be required to remove the injured nerve if all other methods are unsuccessful. Reach out to us if you are still experiencing pain from this nerve condition and have tried all the treatments mentioned above. Here at Family Foot Care of Southern Maryland, located in Owings (410) 257-2242, Lexington Park (301) 863-6601, LaPlata (301) 934-3345 and Huntingtown (410) 535-1719, Maryland, our podiatrists Dr. Jeffrey Idol, DPM, Dr. Judith Olkaba, DPM, or Dr. Ruth P. Devadas, DPM, will do everything they can to provide quality treatment in an effort to help eliminate or reduce your pain caused by this condition. Please make an appointment by calling our office at any of the numbers provided above.

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Friday, 26 January 2018 19:09

Neuromas Need Care

Neuromas usually happen when two bones frequently rub against each other and produce burning or numbness. A neuroma forms as a knot and can become very painful, especially if left untreated because as the nerve function becomes damaged, it becomes less stable regarding pain sensitivity. Of note, diabetics are more prone to developing this condition due to the complications they suffer from their nerves.

Causes for neuromas can be lingering foot injuries, such as severe sprains, bunions, hereditary conditions, such as flat feet and bad-fitting shoes like high-heeled shoes with narrow toe boxes.  Chronic issues, such as arthritis or traumas that occur from ordinary activities like running or jogging, can also be contributing factors.

Treatment for this condition involves:

  • Medications such as anti-inflammatories to reduce swelling caused by the injured nerve.
  • Orthotics to distribute pressure away from the injured nerve.
  • Massaging the ball of the foot to ease the pain.
  • Icing the affected area.
  • Refraining from long walks.
  • Soaking in hot water and rubbing the foot thereafter.
  • Surgery to remove the damaged nerve tissue by cutting it out, covering it and aligning it to prevent reoccurrence.
  • Use of injectable anesthetics to significantly reduce swelling around the site of the injured nerve.

Due to the far-reaching consequences that neuromas can bring, it is highly recommended that individuals suffering from this condition get proper medical treatment immediately. As the nerve’s injuries get more serious, other complications can make it difficult to fully recover from this condition. So, please contact us so to learn more about how you can avoid this condition and receive the best treatment if it has gotten worse! Here at Family Foot Care of Southern Maryland,  located in Owings (410) 257-2242, Lexington Park (301) 863-6601, LaPlata (301) 934-3345 and Huntingtown (410) 535-1719), Maryland, our podiatrists Dr. Jeffrey Idol, DPM, Dr. Judith Olkaba, DPM, or Dr. Ruth P. Devadas, DPM, can assist with providing the finest treatment available for this condition! So, make an appointment today by calling our office at any of the numbers provided above and your nerves will finally be able to relax!

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Thursday, 02 November 2017 14:51

Neuromas Are Not Unusual

 

Neuromas are a sensitive subject, especially because they involve the nerves. Our podiatrists Dr. Jeffrey Idol, DPM, Dr. Judith Olkaba, DPM, or Dr. Ruth P. Devadas, DPM, have experience with neuromas and can help treat them at the Family Foot Care of Southern Maryland, located in (Owings (410) 257-2242, Lexington Park (301) 863-6601, LaPlata (301) 934-3345 and Huntingtown (410) 535-1719). 

A Neuroma is a painful condition that is actually a pinched nerve and is a benign growth of nerves generally located between the third and fourth toes. They cause pain between toes or the ball of the foot. They occur more often in women and cause severe pain. Because pain increases during activities such as walking, this condition tends to put a damper on routine activities. Those with neuromas experience aching in the front of the foot, numbness at the ball of the foot or inflammation between toes. Conditions that promote this condition include deformities like high arches or flat feet, severe traumas leading to inflammation of nerves, poorly fitting shoes with an inadequate toe box size or frequent pressures.

As far as treatment goes, they are usually treated conservatively but can become serious enough to warrant removal via a surgical procedure. They must be treated early on to avoid surgery. Precautions to take include the use of padding, orthotics to help reduce pain and anti-inflammatories to reduce swelling and pain. If surgery is ultimately required due to the lack of success from the methods discussed above, the procedure will involve the removing of the enflamed nerve. Recovery time is generally a month post surgery. 

Neuromas have the ability to cause abnormal pain at first and thereafter significantly disrupt mobility. Because this condition is effects nerves in the foot, it may lead to the foot being constantly numb. This can prevent an individual from realizing the formation of another complication because of the fact that they can’t feel cuts or injuries occurring to their numb feet. Therefore, please contact us today to receive proper guidance on how to prevent and treat neuromas that may be having a huge impact on your daily routines. 

 

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Wednesday, 26 July 2017 12:45

Say No To Neuromas

Neuromas are no laughing matter. They can lead to severe issues with your feet. They occur when the outer coating of a nerve in your foot thickens; which, eventually lead to numbness. Luckily, our team of doctors,  Dr. Jeffrey Idol, Dr. Judith Olkaba or Dr. Ruth P. Devadas, can help to treat this condition. You can visit our team of podiatrists at the Family Foot Care of Southern Maryland, located in (Owings, Lexington Park, LaPlata and Huntingtown).

Neuromas generally occur because two bones recurrently brush against each other. This usually effects the area between the third and fourth toes. Symptoms include burning or numbness that can happen after long walks or standing for a long period of time. Diabetes can also cause these symptoms to occur because of the nerve impact.

Pain from this condition can become severe and may be excruciating if left untreated. In the event treatment can be used without surgery, the following may be used: medication, ultrasound, special shoes or orthotics. Padding and massaging the ball of the foot may also help to alleviate neuroma related pain. It’s important to remember that massages are most effective at the end of the day, generally after a hot bath. Afterwards, ice should be placed on the area with the neuroma.

When non-surgical treatments do not help, surgery may be required to remove the neuroma. Specifically, a portion of the swollen nerve is removed. You can usually put weight on your foot soon after surgery but surgical shoes may be required for a few weeks. However, a small area of the foot may feel numb in the location where the nerve was removed.

As you can see, neuromas can lead to severe situations, especially if the burning sensation gets worse. If you have a neuroma, call us as soon as possible. Take the opportunity to get the very best treatment offered by our team.

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