Unless you have an existing nerve issue, you probably don’t give much thought to the fact that your nervous system enables you to do, well, pretty much everything. Nerves have many different important responsibilities, including allowing you to experience physical sensations. Without your nerves, you wouldn’t be able to see, hear, taste, touch, or smell anything.
The sensation of touch can be both a blessing and a curse. It’s certainly a safety measure—if you accidently put your hand on a hot surface, you will immediately pull it back because of this function. But your sense of touch can also cause pain at times.
Nerve pain, including that caused by a Morton’s neuroma, can detract from your quality of life in a major way. Fortunately, there are numerous medical procedures that can help. One example is Morton’s neuroma surgery.
Whether you are considering undergoing this procedure, or would like to learn more about it, there are several things you should know, including:
- There are other options. While our doctors are certainly skilled and experienced in the area of foot surgeries—including procedures for Morton’s neuroma—we may be able to find a nonsurgical solution to the problem. Conservative options for treatment are centered on managing the symptoms and reducing the amount of pressure placed on the affected area.
- Those other options might not be effective for you. We always prefer to try conservative care first in the hopes it will avoid the need for an invasive procedure. But the reality is, non-surgical treatment for Morton’s neuroma is successful for only about 1 out of 4 people. It is certainly worth trying to address the neuroma without surgery – you just need to keep in mind these approaches might not be the end of the road for your treatment.
- The goals of Morton’s neuroma surgery. If we recommend this path for treatment, you should know what we hope to accomplish with surgery. Our main goal is to relieve your pain and prevent the condition from worsening. More specifically, though, we are looking to either relieve the pressure from the affected nerve or, less ideally, remove the nerve. Our preference is to use decompression surgery to alleviate pressure since removing the nerve can potentially lead to permanent numbness for some patients.
- Morton’s neuroma surgery is typically an outpatient procedure. This means you will go home the same day as your procedure so you do not have to worry about spending a night in the hospital. Of course, this also means you must have someone accompany you to and from your surgery.
Regardless as to whether or not Morton’s neuroma surgery will ultimately be necessary, remember that your first step in getting the foot care you need is to contact Foot & Ankle Associates of Florida. Our team will determine what’s wrong with your foot or ankle, and then create a customized treatment plan for you.
For additional information about the services we provide, or to request your appointment with any of our five Florida offices—Orlando, Kissimmee, Mt. Dora, Lake Mary, and Altamonte Springs—take advantage of our online form or simply give us a call at 407-339-7759 or 352-589-9550 (if you are calling from Lake County area). Our friendly staff is ready to help you, so contact us today!