Who knows can neuromas grow back after surgery. Unfortunately, either surgeons do not know this fact about surgery for Morton’s neuroma or they just don’t want to admit it. Fact is that most surgeons convey the idea to their patients that surgery is a definitive procedure, and that return, regrowth, or formation of new neuromas is unlikely following surgical excision. In defense of your local physician, they may not actually know how common “stump” neuromas and the production of new or multiple neuromas actually are.
Can Neuromas can grow back? Yes Can you grow more neuromas? Yes In both feet? YES
After treating more than 14,000 neuroma patients, many of whom have experienced multiple surgeries in an attempt to relieve their pain, I’ve noticed that re-growth, stump neuromas, and new neuromas in the adjacent interspace or other foot are more common than not. Fifty percent of my patients tell me they have the condition in just one foot, the other fifty percent tell me it started in one foot but is now in both feet. You can grow more neuromas, and neuromas can grow back following surgery.
Unfortunately, surgical excision, even when performed correctly, fails to resolve the underlying cause of the neuroma. The constant damage to the nerves, unresolved by surgery and generated with every step you take, will inevitably create a similar condition in another or same area. Often the remaining portion of the nerve, now surrounded by scar tissue is subjected to the same forces that caused the original neuroma. The result is what is referred to as a stump neuroma. This condition is generally far more symptomatic than the original neuroma.
Additionally, and even more common than a stump neuroma, is the production of another neuroma in an adjacent interspace or the other foot. Many patient’s report symptoms of another neuroma on their first post-operative visit. The swelling, tight bandages, and stress placed on the non-surgical foot frequently causes neuroma symptoms in other areas by the first post-operative visit.
Can neuromas grow back if you don’t wear your orthotics? Yes
The long-distance mountain runner pictured above reports a history of 5 neuromas excised and 3 failed neuroma surgeries. He know the answer to the question can neuromas grow back after surgery is yes. Even a good surgical result that lasts for months or years, will ultimately grow more neuromas, or get a recurrence of the original neuroma. Successful resolutions of neuroma pain long term necessitates resolution of the underlying cause of Morton’s neuroma. This means that in order to resume normal activities without nerve pain, the forces generated by poor foot function must be resolved.
Brent A Jarrett DPM