A newer treatment for Intermetatarsal Neuroma

A newer treatment for Neuromas

A more detailed discussion what a neuroma is can be found elsewhere on this blog.

In general a neuroma is an entraped nerve in the foot resulting from various types
of trauma.  It will cause numbness, pain or discomfort in the ball of the foot near the
middle toes.  Traditional treatment for a neuroma has been a wider toebox or sandals
that do not compress the forefoot, steroid injections and surgery.  

However, for the past 20 years we have been employing a technique called Sclerosing
Injections with comparable success rate as surgical excision of the neuroma.   This
treatment involves a series of injections of a solution that will essentially deaden the
nerve, thus blocking its transmission of the nerve pain signal to the brain.  Because it
is an injection you do not have the complications of surgery, nor the need to take time
off of work or any other activities.  Also, because the nerve blockade is
accommplished slowly, the area usually does not become permanently numb like with
surgical excision.  

This technique can also be utilized for a neuroma that has been removed surgical but
has recurring pain.  Most often these injections can negate the need for additional
surgery.  There are no contraindications for receiving this injection, however at least
one cortisone injection by one of our doctors, prior to starting this series is required.
For treatment of a neuroma or any other foot or ankle related problem, the podiatrists
at American Foot and Ankle Specialists are here for you. Call today to make an
appointment with Dr. Stegman or Dr. Erotas at either our Scottsdale and Sun City, AZ

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