Q: Will I need to wear an orthotic after neuroma surgery?
A custom orthotic device is recommended after many types of foot surgery, such as bunion or hammertoe surgery, to prevent the deformity from reforming. Because a neuroma does not return after surgery, since the nerve is unable to regenerate, some think that an orthotic is not needed after neuroma surgery. There is another good reason to utilize a custom orthotic after neuroma surgery.
In order to expose the neuroma during surgery, a ligament must be severed. Although the ligament heals, it does lead to an instability in the metatarsal arch and can cause the metatarsals to drop. A custom orthotic will support the metatarsal arch to prevent any problems occurring from this instability. If a custom orthotic was used prior to surgery, the same orthotic can be used afterwards.
Controlling the mechanics of your feet after foot surgery is a key to successful results. If you have had foot surgery and want to know if a custom orthotic will help you maintain a full recovery, contact Houston Podiatrist Dr. Andrew Schneider for a comprehensive evaluation.