Don’t Lose Your Nerve
Suffering from nerve damage or a nerve disorder can be extremely painful. This is doubly so when the condition is affecting your feet. Your feet are your main mode of transportation and play a very active role during your day to day life. Fortunately, many podiatrists provide a treatment known as neurolysis.
Neurolysis can treat nerve conditions and relieve any pain or discomfort. Inflamed nerve tissues are referred to as neuromas and commonly form on the ball of the foot between the third and fourth, or the second and third, toes as a result of injury or trauma. Neurolysis involves hardening the nerve, while surgery involves either removing the damaged nerve tissue or reducing pressure on the nerve.
How neurolysis is performed
Neurolysis involves injecting a mixture of ethanol and anesthetic into the nerve to harden it. Injections may need to be administered once a week, for a period of time determined by your podiatrist, to destroy the nerve and relieve symptoms.
Nerve surgery can be performed using either the plantar approach to remove the nerve tissue or the dorsal approach to relieve pressure on the nerve. In the plantar approach, the nerve tissue is removed through incisions on the sole of the foot. In the dorsal approach, the metatarsal ligament is released through an incision on the top of the foot in order to reduce pressure on the nerve. The right type of approach will be determined by your podiatrist during an examination appointment. Both surgeries require recovery time but, typically, the dorsal approach requires shorter downtime.
Nerve conditions and damage such as neuromas can be very painful and debilitating. Before deciding whether or not to undergo surgery, it is imperative that you consult with a podiatrist. Surgery may not be right for everyone and should be decided on a case by case basis. If you do not have a podiatrist, consider choosing us. Call Dr. Andrew H. Cohen of Mid-Michigan Foot & Ankle Center, located in Saginaw and Bay City, Michigan. Call 989-790-8009 or make an appointment online today. You don’t have to let neuromas rule your life.