Do you have questions about foot care? We have answers.
Do you have questions about foot injuries or the causes of foot pain? Tanglewood Foot Specialists provides the answers to frequently asked questions (FAQs) about foot injuries and foot care. If you would like to schedule an appointment to talk to a doctor about your foot pain, call Tanglewood Foot Specialists at (713) 785-7881.
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Is surgery always needed for a Mortons neuroma?
There are many conservative treatments that are successful to treat a Morton's Neuroma. We reserve surgery to be a last resort for when conservative treatment does not relieve the pain associated with the neuroma. In my years as a Houston podiatrist I can estimate that approximately 30% of my patients with a neuroma do end up with surgery.
Conservative treatment includes anti-inflammatory medication, cortisone injections, sclerosing alcohol injections and custom orthotics. When surgery is indicated, it is usually performed with great success. The reason for this is that the neuroma itself is surgically removed. Since the inflamed section of nerve is removed, the associated pain resolves quickly thereafter.
If you have suffered with pain from a Morton's neuroma, but have been nervous to come into our Houston podiatry office because of a fear of surgery, you can relax. In most cases we don't consider surgery as an option until we pursue non-surgical treatment first. Contact Tanglewood Foot Specialists to schedule an apointment with Dr. Andrew Schneider.
Can orthotics cure a neuroma?
A custom orthotic helps to control the pressure on a Morton’s neuroma caused by the surrounding bones. The relief of pressure helps to reduce the inflammation that causes the neuroma to be painful. Reduced pressure can even make the neuroma, which is an enlargement of the nerve, to become smaller, but it doesn't go away entirely. It would be hard to say that the neuroma is "cured."
Here's the good news...a neuroma that is properly and effectively managed with a custom foot orthotic and no longer painful does not have to be removed with surgery. An orthotic is always important to use to help eliminate the need for surgery. In cases where surgery may still be necessary, the same orthotic will continue to be used to support the foot afterwards to prevent the return of symptoms.
If you are concerned about pain in the ball of your foot or numbness in your toes, contact Houston podiatrist Dr. Andrew Schneider for a comprehensive evaluation. Together we will find the quickest route to get you out of pain.
What Is Causing The Pain In My Heel?
Heel pain, whether beneath or behind the heel, is most commonly caused by an inflammation of the tendon or ligament that is attaching to the heel bone. Pain beneath the heel is an inflammation of the plantar fascia ligament, known as plantar fasciitis. Pain behind the heel is typically an inflammation of the Achilles tendon, known as Achilles tendinitis.
There is typically some cause of the inflammation, such as running, a stumble or fall, or exercise, but the pain will typically linger and remain. This lingering is cussed by the mechanics of your foot and ankle. Any inefficiency will overwork the legs and feet, preventing the inflammation from resolving. Controlling the mechanics with an insole or custom orthotic will help to prevent the pain and inflammation from returning long term.
The longer it takes you to treat your heel pain, the longer it will be before the pain is completely resolved. Contact your Houston foot specialists to evaluate the cause of your pain and to put you on the road to recovery.
Is A Heel Spur Causing My Heel Pain?
Most heel pain is caused by an inflammation of the plantar fascia ligament or the Achilles tendon. The inflammation is caused by tension on the heel bone by the ligament on the tendon. This tension can also cause new bone to be formed, which is known as a heel spur.
If a heel spur is present, don't worry too much about it. The spur, in most cases, is not the cause of the pain. When a heel spur is the cause of heel pain, the pain usually worsens as the day progresses. This pain is often helped by using pads to provide cushioning beneath the heel.
There are times where pain from a heel spur cannot be treated with padding and surgery is necessary to relieve the pain. The only way to find out if this is the case is to visit your Houston heel pain specialists. Contact your Houston podiatrist for an immediate appointment to evaluate your heel pain and get you out of pain as quickly as possible.