Regenerative Medicine Offers Alternative for Neuroma Pain Treatment
Posted by Jenn F. on Friday, September 14th, 2018
Neuromas of the foot are caused by chronic inflammation and thickening of the nerve in the ball of the foot, characterized by sharp, stabbing pain around the second, third, and fourth toes. Individuals often assume this pain will simply go away on its own with rest or come into the office asking us to “cure” them. Unfortunately, neuromas are stubborn little buggers that are not so easily done away with. The good news is that most people can find neuroma pain treatment without surgery. While there’s no shortage of at-home treatments for neuromas, many patients seek professional care because they expect real, dramatic results that they’re simply not getting on their own. Regenerative medicine is one of the tools we have at The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine to bring you to wellness quickly and efficiently.
What Is Regenerative Medicine?
As we recently discussed, regenerative therapies encourage the body to heal itself. There are many factors that impede the body’s repair processes, requiring a sort of “turbo-charge” to get the body’s natural processes back up to speed. We can do this through stem cell injections, platelet-rich plasma injections, AmnioFix, ultrasound, shockwave therapy, Biopuncture injections, and more. These treatments are often used in cases of chronic pain and inflammation of the tendons, ligaments, joints, and sometimes the bones.
Regenerative Medicine and Neuroma Pain Treatment
At many doctor’s offices, the standard of care is a pair of custom orthotics, a cortisone steroid injection, and a series of alcohol-sclerosing injections. For some patients, this works just fine and they’re back on their feet pain-free within five weeks. But sometimes it doesn’t work. Rather than go directly to surgery as the next step, we can try regenerative medicine. Sometimes we see patients who have been through surgery but still didn’t get the relief they anticipated. For these cases, regenerative medicine can be an even more powerful solution.
Patient Finds Healing With Regenerative Medicine for Neuroma
A 70-year-old active female underwent hammertoe corrections of the second and third toes, but healing issues left her with crosstoes, pain, and numbness in the balls of her feet. Once diagnosed with a neuroma, she made it very clear she was not eager to undergo surgery again. Steroid injections had been tried but failed to provide any measure of relief. An ultrasound-guided injection of regenerative medicine stimulated healing of the nerve and surrounding tissue after a week in a walking boot. She was ambulating well at her three-week follow-up and still pain-free at her two-month follow-up.
Neuroma Pain Treatment in NYC
Wouldn’t everyone opt for the easier solution that doesn’t involve surgery, you might ask? That’s our thought, too. The technology doesn’t come cheap, which is why many practices in NYC do not offer regenerative medicine. Over the past 40+ years, we’ve gone to great lengths to not just be another sports medicine clinic—but to lead the pack and offer state-of-the-art foot and ankle injury care. When you come to us with chronic pain and suffering, you find a sympathetic ear and progressive, board-certified surgeons who know how to help you with the latest therapies. Contact us today.
If you have any foot problems or pain, contact The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine. Dr. Josef J. Geldwert, Dr. Katherine Lai, Dr. Ryan Minara and Dr. Mariola Rivera have helped thousands of people get back on their feet. Unfortunately, we cannot give diagnoses or treatment advice online. Please make an appointment to see us if you live in the NY metropolitan area or seek out a podiatrist in your area.