Neuroma Surgery in Orange County
At Mission Viejo Foot and Ankle, you will find that you can receive excellent care for neuromas, as well as other foot and ankle related conditions. Dr. Salma Aziz is a trusted medical professional right here in Orange County who is able to diagnose and treat many different types of foot and ankle conditions, including neuromas.
We encourage you to schedule a time to come and visit our office to see our state of the art equipment and technologies. We also have all of the information you could need about your condition and about neuroma surgery in Orange County. Make an appointment today for a consultation.
What does a consultation entail?
Our first visit with you will involve a physical examination and questions about your medical history. It is important to provide as much information as possible during this appointment, because the more information we have, the better we can tailor your treatment to meet your needs. We may perform diagnostic tests, such asx-rays, to rule out other possible causes of your foot troubles, or to see how serious the condition is. After a thorough consultation and diagnostic process, Dr. Salma Aziz will be able to work with you to find a treatment plan that provides the best way to get you free of pain, which may include neuroma surgery in Orange County.
What is a neuroma?
Neuromas are a benign growth of nerve tissue, similar to a tumor or a clump within the nerve. When there is some type of damage to the nerve, it is typically in the ball area of the foot. Wearing tight shoes, like high heels, can contribute to the development of a neuroma. For this reason, women are more likely to develop neuromas than men.
Pinching pain and inflammation are common symptoms of neuromas, as well as stinging or burning. Many patients also experience numbness. A neuroma is often found between the foot’s third and fourth toes.
What does surgery entail?
Surgery for a neuroma is a simple outpatient procedure. Performing neuroma surgery in Orange County typically involves an anesthetic and a small incision made on the top of the foot (not the bottom, because that takes longer to heal). The neuroma is cut away from the rest of the nerve and the foot is bandaged until the first follow-up appointment, where Dr. Salma Aziz inspects the surgical area and ensures that everything is healing correctly.
What can I expect after surgery?
Following neuroma surgery in Orange County, you can expect to need to stay off of your feet for a short amount of time to allow the area to heal. Our staff will give you specific instructions to follow according to your situation. You may need to wear special shoes to support your foot when you need to walk. You will also need to keep your feet clean and dry in order to prevent an infection.
Are there other treatment methods?
There are a few different types of treatment options for neuromas. Conservative treatments can include shoe modifications, rest, and custom orthotics. Anti-inflammatory medications, ice therapy, and elevation are also options for conservative treatment.
However, if the condition worsens or makes it impossible to carry out daily activities, neuroma surgery in Orange County may be considered. In addition to removing the neuroma, other methods of treatment include injections to chemically destroy the neuroma, a procedure known as neurolysis. Dr. Salma Aziz will work with you to determine the best method of treatment for your situation.
If you are suffering from a neuroma, contact our office to schedule an appointment. Your primary care doctor may refer you to a podiatrist, or you may experience foot and ankle pain and decide on your own that you want to be seen. Be sure to get any type of foot or ankle pain checked out as soon as possible. There are many different conditions and injuries that can worsen without quick and proper treatment.
Our staff is knowledgeable and caring, so you will always feel like we put the whole patient first at our office.
About Dr. Aziz
Dr. Salma Aziz received her Doctor of Podiatric Medicine from the Ohio College of Podiatric Medicine. She went on to complete her surgical residence at Winona Memorial Hospital in Indianapolis. She is affiliated with several area hospitals, including Mission Ambulatory Surgery Center and Mission Hospital. Dr. Aziz is a diplomate of the American Board of Podiatric Surgery and a fellow of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons. She is a member of the Podiatric Medical Association and the Orange County Podiatric Medical Association.