How Are Neuromas Treated?
Treatment options will vary on the severity of the neuroma, as well as the individual needs of a patient.
In most cases, conservative treatments will have a useful positive effect on finding relief.
This may include changing your footwear to something better-fitting or looser around the toes (it’s a sacrifice you’ll feel better about after the fact). Orthotic inserts can provide additional support and take extra pressure off the painful area, allowing better opportunities for healing.
Other recommendations may include periods of resting the affected foot, massaging and stretching the foot/toes, icing the painful area, and exercises to strengthen muscles that influence the site of the neuroma and provide better support.
If sports or physical activity have been lending to your neuroma, we will most likely need to alter your training, workouts, and/or equipment to keep excess pressure of the nerve. We don’t want to keep you away from activities you love, though; just make sure you can enjoy them without having to worry about a neuroma becoming worse or coming back.
If conservative treatments are not providing the right amount of relief, other options may be considered. Corticosteroid injections can reduce swelling and pain at the site of the neuroma, aiding comfort and healing.
In some uncommon cases, as a last resort, surgery may be necessary to either relieve the pressure surrounding a nerve (decompression) or remove the nerve entirely. Conservative treatments will almost always be attempted first before considering these options.