If you have been dealing with Morton’s Neuroma, you know just how painful this foot condition can be. Before seeking treatment many believe that there likely is nothing to be done about the pain, that many describe as feeling like they have a small rock in their shoe. Fortunately, there are things that you can do to relieve the pain and possibly even eliminate it over time.
It is ideal to attempt the least invasive methods of relieving the pressure in your heel or toes first and if those do not work, then move on to other more invasive options. Due to the fact that the condition is likely caused by wearing shoes that did not properly support your feet, the first step is to see a podiatrist and determine what type of insoles you should be using. These professionals have the ability to advise you as to what is the best product that will give your feet, based on their natural structure, the proper support. Finding a professional is a easy as going to www.niagarahealth.net. It is important to note that after years of wearing the wrong kind of shoes it may take quite some time for your feet to realign so that the pain subsides. In short, you should not expect relief overnight, but more likely after a number of days or even weeks.
If after a number of weeks you find that the pain is just as bad it may be time to talk with your doctor about the other options available to you. In most cases your doctor will likely recommend having injections done to help relieve the pressure around the nerve that is most likely causing the pain. An injection of steroids can do a great deal to eliminate swelling, so that the nerve is not being pressed upon by surrounding tissues. Many people find this to be very effective and it has very low risk of any side effects.
If the pain still persists it may be time to consider surgery. One option is to have tissue and ligaments removed that surround the area and are not completely necessary. This is known as decompression surgery. Essentially it is eliminating the parts of the foot that are putting pressure on the nerve, which then leads to the pain. Another option is to remove the nerve all-together. The end result could be that the previously painful area is permanently numb, but all in all there are very few risks to these surgeries and they have a high rate of success. Ultimately, however, the choice is yours to make if your doctor is willing to go that route.
Living in pain on a daily basis can become a great deal of a burden on a person mentally and physically. Any good physician will help you to work towards finding a treatment that eliminates the pain, or at least reduces it, so that you can have the highest quality of life possible. If you suffer from Morton’s Neuroma, or believe you might, be sure to mention these options to your doctor so that you can once again be free from pain.