Neuromas (nerve surgery)
A neuroma is a nerve abnormality resulting from previous injury or incorrect foot function. The most common place for a neuroma is in the ball of the foot, where the nerve can become pinched and inflamed. As this continues, the nerve becomes permanently damaged and surgical removal may be necessary.
The surgical removal of a neuroma in the front of the foot is a relatively simple procedure, and is often performed under local anaesthetic. Following surgery, the patient may be required to use crutches for up to three weeks, though it might take longer for the skin to heal.
Overall, neuroma surgery has a high success rate. When complications do occur, they typically in the form of infection, excessive swelling or slow healing. If the patient walks on the foot before the recommended recovery time, excessive swelling can result, causing bleeding or scarring that can significantly delay the healing process.