It is important to note that neuromas in the foot are rarely tumors. The term neuroma is a bit of a misnomer because these often occur as a result from compression or repetitive trauma and not cancerous growth. Trauma between your toes? The anatomy of your foot puts the nerves underneath a tight ligament. Over time, improper foot alignment can cause this ligament to rub and irritate the nerve. Tight fitting shoes and/or high heels only exacerbate the compression and friction of the nerve against this ligament. This results in scarring and fibrous growths that provide further irritation compounding the problem. When these traumas continue to occur (such as in dancing in high heels), the nerve growth can become quite large. This seems to be what happened to Ms. Grey and thus the surgery to remove this growth. Because it is a sensory nerve, or strictly for ‘feeling', there will be no loss of muscle function. Typically, patients can begin walking immediately, albeit with a ‘surgical shoe', returning to normal foot wear in 4 to 6 weeks.
Surgery to remove a neuroma is usually the last treatment tried. If you feel a burning or stabbing between your toes, you should make an appointment at Austin Foot and
Ankle Specialists today. Dr. Thomajan can use a variety of inserts, taping, padding and education to help relieve the painful symptoms before surgery becomes necessary. Take a look at the link to videos and more information on our homepage.
Until next time, keep those feet happy and healthy, Austin!