While complications with neuroma surgery are uncommon, there are always possibilities with this and any foot surgery. The most common complication with neuroma surgery (and all surgeries) is a postoperative infection. In the foot, this usually occurs if the surgical dressings become soiled or wet. An infection presents with swelling and pain around the area thatwas operated on, often beyond what a pain medication will alleviate. It is crucial that you contact your Houston foot surgeon if you are concerned you have an infection after foot surgery.
Another common complication of neuroma surgery is a stump neuroma. This occurs when a neuroma forms on the end of the cut nerve. It is a very uncommon complication. This does not usually occur until substantial time has passed after the neuroma surgery and presents with a pain similar to that of the original neuroma. Treatment for a stump neuroma can include anti-inflammatory medication, cortisone injections, and also may require an additional surgery.
If you continue to feel symptoms of a neuroma, including pain in the ball of your foot, even after you have had surgery, contact Houston Podiatrist Dr. Andrew Schneider for a comprehensive evaluation. You should not still be in pain and relief is often just a phone call away!