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Pros and Cons of Neuroma Surgery

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Have you ever gotten a pebble stuck between your foot and your sandal, or a bunch in your sock while wearing your shoes? Although these are arguably minor annoyances, you probably felt an immediate need to fix the problem.

What if you couldn’t clear the obstruction, though? Those with neuromas may feel this way all the time, since the “pebble” is actually a benign thickening of tissue surrounding a nerve under your skin. While there are lots of conservative treatments that may bring relief—better shoes, inserts or orthotics, etc.—you may be wondering whether surgical removal is right for you, especially if nothing seems to help.

The biggest and most obvious benefit of surgery is that it’s the only way to extract the bump entirely, whereas non-invasive methods merely accommodate it with padding, shoe modifications, or other techniques. While conservative approaches are often successful at eliminating symptoms, they may be insufficient in more severe cases. When that happens, an operation to remove the thickened tissue or decompress the area by cutting nearby structures may be your only option.

The downside is that, as with any operation, there are risks involved with surgery for neuromas. While the available procedures are successful in a high percentage of cases, there is always a chance that damage to nerves will result in potentially permanent numbness and tingling in the affected toes. Surgery comes with other risks too, such as infection, and has an associated recovery period where you may need to stay off your feet. As a result, we usually recommend that conservative options be explored first.

If you’re suffering from constant neuroma pain, whether you’ve tried other options or not, come down to Family Foot and Ankle Center for a full evaluation. You can trust our experts to properly assess your condition, provide a full range of treatment options, and help you decide whether surgery is right for you. Schedule an appointment at one of our 6 Greater Cincinnati offices today by dialing (513) 728-4800 in Ohio, (859) 282-1572 in Kentucky, or using our online contact form. We look forward to seeing you!

Dr. Cynthia Miller
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Dr. Cynthia Miller is a board certified podiatrist who has been established in the Cincinnati area since 2004.
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