The most common injection used to treat a Morton's neuroma is a corticosteroid injection. Cortisone, however, only treats the inflammation and not the neuroma itself. There are other injections that do address the actual neuroma.
A series of injections utilizing absolute alcohol is often effective to shrink the neuroma itself. This treatment is known as sclerosing injection therapy. The series usually lasts seven weeks, with one injection administered each week. While no treatment is effective for everyone, when these injections are successful they are able to prevent surgery.
While a corticosteroid injection provides pain relief that is close to immediate, a sclerosing injection works differently. After the initial numbness of the anesthesia wears off, some people report an increase in the pain from the neuroma prior to experiencing pain relief.
If you have attempted other treatments for a Morton's neuroma which did not have good results, contact your Houston foot and ankle podiatrist at Tanglewood Foot Specialists for a comprehensive evaluation. We will offer you the full range of treatments in order to allow you to walk pain-free.