Neuroma surgery is a procedure that can help reduce the pain and discomfort caused by a thickened nerve between the third and fourth toe. This condition, also known as Morton’s neuroma or intermetatarsal neuroma, is caused when a nerve in the foot becomes enlarged due to pressure or injury. The symptoms can include burning, tingling, and pain in the affected area – often making it difficult to wear shoes comfortably.
The surgical management of Neuroma typically involves either releasing (neurolysis) or cutting out (neurectomy) the affected nerve. During neurolysis surgery, an incision is made on the top of the foot overlying the affected nerve. The surgeon then removes any surrounding tissue that may be compressing or irritating the nerve – allowing it to heal and regenerate. During neurectomy surgery, an incision is made overlying the affected nerve and it is then cut away.
No matter which type of Neuroma surgery is performed, patients should expect to take some time off from activities that involve walking for up to several weeks after their procedure depending on their healing process. However, it’s important to note that most patients report having significant relief of their symptoms following either type of Neuroma surgery – with many even being able to resume wearing shoes without discomfort within several weeks following their procedure.
Overall, while Neuroma surgery can be an effective option for treating this condition, it’s important to talk with your doctor first before deciding if this type of procedure is right for you. Your doctor will be able to assess your situation and discuss all your options so that you can make an informed decision about how best to manage the pain and discomfort associated with this condition.