We use our feet constantly; the average person takes between five and seven thousand steps every day. It’s no wonder, then, that the feet are subject to a variety of injuries and conditions that impede walking and cause pain. A neuroma is one such condition, but fortunately for people in Sun City, Arizona, the podiatrists at American Foot and Ankle Associates have the training and experience necessary to treat these nerve tissue disorders effectively. You’ll learn here how Dr. John Erotas and Dr. Michael Stegman help their patients manage their neuromas.
What is a neuroma?
A neuroma is an area where nerve tissue has thickened and become irritated. Repeated friction or compression on a nerve can cause a neuroma to develop in various places on the body, but the feet are at a particular disadvantage since we wear shoes and place pressure on the feet day in and day out. Most of the time, neuromas form between the third and fourth toes; these are known as Morton's neuromas. People who are diagnosed by their Sun City podiatrist as having a neuroma often have pain or tingling in the ball of the foot; it may feel as though you have something in your shoe or your sock is bunched up. Injuries to the foot may result in the formation of a neuroma; wearing narrow shoes can also be a cause. If you have other foot abnormalities, such as hammertoes, bunions or fallen arches, you're at a greater risk for developing a neuroma.
How neuromas are treated
The standard procedure with most foot problems is to treat the problem conservatively at first; this can mean changing your footwear to something more roomy or wearing cushions or shoe inserts that help to redistribute the pressure on your foot. Your Sun City podiatrist may recommend more in-depth treatments, such as cortisone injections or surgery, if your neuroma doesn't respond well to non-invasive therapy. Early diagnosis helps to increase your chance of success with conservative methods of treatment.
For treatment of a neuroma or any other foot or ankle related problem, the podiatrists at American Foot and Ankle Associates are here for you. Call today to make an appointment with Dr. Stegman or Dr. Erotas at either our Scottsdale and Sun City, AZ location.