Q Is surgery necessary to relieve neuroma pain?
Although surgery is required to remove a neuroma, many conservative treatment options exist that may adequately relieve your discomfort and stop the growth from progressing further—in fact, perhaps 80 percent of cases may be successfully managed in this way.
Non-surgical options may include:
- Switching to wider shoes that feature lower heels, softer soles, good support, and a proper fit.
- Shoe inserts such as metatarsal padding, arch supports, or custom orthotics.
- Laser treatments
- Temporarily avoiding activities that cause pain.
- Standard anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving strategies, such as over-the-counter medications, rest, and ice.
- Corticosteroid injections at our office.
However, if these options are attempted and fail to provide the adequate relief, we may discuss surgical options with you. There is no one “neuroma surgery,” but a variety of possible procedures that will be selected based on your condition and goals.
To discussion treatment options for a Morton’s neuroma—surgical or otherwise—please set an appointment with Dr. Harvey Danciger in Palm Desert, CA. You can request one online, or call 760-568-0108.