New treatment helps relieve pain
in foot and ankle
Observer and Eccentric
A newer treatment for a painful
condition caused by corn, calluses and pinched nerves in the foot and
ankle can bring relief to many with the need for surgery.
"This type of foot problem can really slow you down,"
Watson, a podiatrist of Canton Foot Specialists. "Twenty percent of
our patients seek treatment for these conditions."
That mirrors the national average. About one of every five patients is
treated for a corn, callus or pinched nerve, also known as a neuroma.
That amounts to an estimated 37.6 million patient visits nationally,
according to a survey by the American Podiatric Medical Association
Collectively these conditions are the second most common complaint of
patents who seek foot and ankle care. The first complaint is heel pain.
A procedure known as neurolyisis is now in its second year of use by
Canton Foot Specialists to treat corns, calluses and neuromas.
Podiatrists as the office first must identify the nerve responsible for
the condition. Then, a special solution is administered to de-activate
the nerve. The procedure is done over a period of time to prevent damage
to the soft tissue surrounding the area of treatment.
"Neurolysis is the first treatment of choice because it is non-
invasive and offers a high rate of success, even over surgery."
Said Dr. Watson. "It is safe for patients of all ages, especially
for those who cannot have surgery due to circulation and nerve
conditions, including diabetes.
Raymond Youvon, who has diabetes, was among the first to have the treatment
done for a callus that had caused severe pain for several years. The
72-year-old Westland patient was pleased with the results. "I
thought I would have to suffer with this callus forever."
The procedure offers a complete cure for 80 percent of patients and many
other experience significant relief.
Successful treatment restores the normal appearance of the
the risk of infection and eases pain.
For more information about neurolysis, call Canton Foot Specialists at
(734) 981-7800. Offices are located in Canton, Garden City and Plymouth.