A neuroma is an abnormal growth in the nerve cells at the site where the nerve is injured.1 It is formed due to partial or complete disruption in nerve fibers by a trauma or injury.

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How To Cope With Neuromas?

A neuroma can be coped with simple measures. Coping methods depends on the type of neuroma the patient is having.

Coping methods for morton’s neuroma:

Choice Of Right Shoes- new shoes must be chosen to avoid pressure on the toes for better coping with morton’s neuroma.2 The footwear that is to be selected should be according to the size of your toes and should fit properly to the toe. You should look for low-heel shoes that have better arch support. This will help to release the stress on the toes and reduce pain.

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Use Of Orthotic Inserts- orthotics inserts can be helpful to support feet and improve the condition and for better coping. Custom-made orthotics are prescribed to control neuroma due to flat feet and high arches.

Management Of Flareups- even if a neuroma is treated well, it can come back. If you have pain in the foot, remove your shoes and rub the affected area of your feet. You can also apply cold packs around your affected area of feet for 10-15 minutes to get rid of the pain.

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Resting The Feet- you should recognize those activities that can cause flare-ups or exerts pressure on the feet, for example, sports or running or old shoes. Avoid such activities and take proper rest to prevent further damage to the nerve. Use of new shoes or orthotics can reverse the condition.

Regular Exercises- exercises strengthen the muscles around the feet and stretch the ligaments and tendons around the nerve releasing the pressure on the nerves. Thus, you should switch to regular exercises under the supervision of physiotherapists to get relief from pain and flare-ups of Morton's neuroma.

Coping methods for acoustic neuroma:

Acoustic neuroma affects the eighth auditory nerve and it may cause hearing loss and balancing problems. The coping methods for acoustic neuroma are-

Reach Out For Help- if you feel symptoms of acoustic neuroma, you should contact your physician and get the treatment. You can join support groups of acoustic neuroma survivors for better coping. You should seek support from your family, close friends, and co-workers. This will help you to deal out your stress related to the disease. You will get to know the facts about the condition that will reduce your fear regarding the disease.

Relaxation- relaxation of mind reduces the stress thereby it reduces one’s ability to cope up with acoustic neuroma. Yoga and meditation can help greatly in this purpose.

Regular Exercises- regular exercises also relax one’s mind. It relieves the high levels of stress. It also helps to build your stamina, balance and coping abilities. Walking and Tai chi are usually recommended to improve balance in acoustic neuroma.

Use Of Physical Probs- a cane or walking stick can be used to balance your body. Specialized hearing aids can also be used to tackle one-sided deafness and perform activities with more efficiency.

A neuroma is a non-cancerous tumor that develops on the nerve cells. It can develop in any nerve of the body. It is usually a painful condition that can cause swelling of nerve fibers. It mostly affects auditory nerve and nerve fibers of the foot. It affects women most. Its causes include injury to the nerve due to cut, crush or compression or surgical incision in the involved area. Its symptoms are burning, numbness, tingling, and pain in the affected area. It does not go on its own. It is treated with painkillers, anti-inflammatory medicines, corticosteroid injections, and surgery.

Conclusion

Neuroma is a benign condition of nerve cells. It does not disappear on its own and it requires treatment. You can cope up with it according to its types as discussed above.

References:  

Pramod Kerkar

Written, Edited or Reviewed By:

, MD,FFARCSI

Pain Assist Inc.

Last Modified On: September 4, 2019

This article does not provide medical advice. See disclaimer

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