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Foot conditions that may require surgery: Neuroma & painful calluses

Excision of the neuroma is performed on an outpatient basis, as with most foot surgeries. Your doctor will make an incision on the top of the foot in the location of the neuroma. Placing the incision on the top of the foot allows for faster healing and avoids the need for crutches during the recovery period. After the affected nerve is identified, it is removed.

Painful calluses

Calluses are areas of thick skin that develop due to excessive pressure or friction. These areas can become very painful as the skin thickens. People who have diabetes are at risk of these areas breaking down and producing sores or ulcerations that can become infected. Over-the-counter pads can provide some relief from symptoms but do not address the underlying cause of the callus, which is often a misalignment of the underlying bones. Avoid chemicals intended to treat calluses because they can damage the skin if not used properly. Surgery is sometimes necessary and can help by remodeling or lifting the bones to relieve pressure.

Do you have a foot condition that might require surgery? Call Kansas City Foot Specialists to schedule an evaluation at (913) 338-4440, or request an appointment online so we can work with you to keep your feet healthy.