Morton’s Neuroma is a condition whereby the nerve in your foot is damaged or irritated. In some cases, surgery is required to help ease the symptoms and enable normal function to resume. Below, we will reveal everything you need to know about this condition and Morton’s Neuroma surgery so that you can get a better understanding.
Morton’s Neuroma surgery involves the neuroma being removed so that pain is relieved. It can be just the treatment you need to get rid of pain and start enjoying your life again!
What are the main symptoms of Morton’s Neuroma?
There are two key symptoms that people tend to have when it comes to this condition:
- Feeling like you have a small stone stuck underneath your foot
- A burning, stabbing, or shooting pain
What are the causes of Morton’s Neuroma?
Morton’s Neuroma occurs when you have a damaged or irritated nerve in between the bones in your toe. It can often be linked to the following:
- Having a problem with your foot, such as hammer toes, bunions, high arches, or flat feet
- Doing a lot of running or other activities or sports that place pressure on your feet
- Wearing high-heeled, pointy, or tight shoes
Why may you need surgery for Morton’s Neuroma?
If you are suffering from Morton’s Neuroma, surgery may be required to get rid of the continual pain you are experiencing. The nerve that tends to be irritated is typically found between the fourth and third toes. However, there are cases whereby the third and second toes have been impacted as well. Furthermore, either one foot or both feet can suffer from Morton’s Neuroma.
Morton’s Neuroma surgery may be required to help alleviate the common symptoms associated with Morton’s Neuroma. Pain tends to exacerbate when walking, which can be frustrating. You can also experience extreme pain in the ball of your foot, as well as a numb feeling and discomfort between your toes. Having surgery can help you to return to a better quality of life.
For a lot of people, they turn to Morton’s Neuroma surgery when they have tried other methods, which have not been successful. Non-surgical treatment approaches that may have been tried include shoe inserts or soft shoes to cushion the sole of your foot. In some cases, people have an injection to try to help them to cope with the symptoms.
However, when these approaches do not work, it can be incredibly frustrating, and so it makes sense to consider the option of having surgery. This helps you to deal with the condition once and for all, ensuring no more pain!
Having surgery for Morton’s Neuroma
If you have Morton’s Neuroma, surgery may be the best solution. This is typically a day case procedure, which is carried out under general anaesthetic. A post-operative local anaesthetic will be administered to your foot, reducing the pain.
A very small incision is made in between your toes during this treatment, which will either remove a portion of the nerve itself or make a greater amount of space around the nerve by taking away the neighbouring tissue. This will cause the area around your toes to become numb permanently.
A good way to optimize the benefits of this surgery is to attend a pre-assessment screening. During the screening, blood tests will be carried out to determine your Vitamin D levels. You will also talk about your medical history and you will be weighed, ensuring there are no possible issues regarding anaesthetics. It is likely that swabs will be taken as well to see if there are any infections or other issues.
The build-up to Morton’s Neuroma surgery
In the build-up to Morton’s Neuroma surgery, it is highly advisable that you do not smoke for a minimum of eight weeks prior to surgery. The reason for this is because smoking will impact your healing ability, resulting in potential health issues, for example, increasing the risk of deep vein thrombosis or pulmonary embolism.
Recovering from Morton’s Neuroma
Not only will you want to know what to expect when it comes to Morton’s Neuroma surgery, but what about afterwards? After you have had surgery, your ankle and foot are going to be bandaged. You can expect the bandages to remain for around two weeks.
You will be shown how to use a special orthopaedic shoe while walking. This shoe will protect your foot. A lot of patients are able to return to the comfort of their own home on the same day as their operation.
We recommend that you try to give your foot as much rest as you can, which means keeping your weight off it whenever possible. It is also advisable to keep your foot or feet raise above the level of your heart whenever you are able to, particularly for the first seven days after your operation.
The pain levels should start to lower considerably after a week has passed since your operation. Depending on the sort of employment you have, you could be able to go back to work throughout the second week of your operation.
After two or three weeks have passed, you will be able to start engaging in sporting activities again. However, it is recommended that you only start off with low-impact exercises, and then you can increase them gradually as time goes on.
Final words on Morton’s Neuroma surgery
So there you have it: an insight into Morton’s Neuroma surgery, what to expect, and who this is suitable for. We hope that this has helped you to get a better understanding of what this treatment entails and whether or not it is the right solution for you. Of course, the best thing you can do is book an appointment with a professional so you can discuss your options in full.
Dr. Engel has been providing outstanding care to his patients in the Southeastern Wisconsin Community for the past decade and a half specializing in foot and ankle lower extremity disorders.