Many individuals suffer from foot pain that is difficult to treat. Fortunately, cryosurgery performed by your podiatrist can offer lasting relief. Read on to learn more about this high-tech version of ice therapy.
What is Cryosurgery?
Cryosurgery is an FDA-approved procedure that treats several foot conditions. This treatment is also known as Cryotherapy or Neuroblation. Cryosurgery is a minimally invasive procedure that relieves your symptoms of Morton’s neuroma or similar painful foot ailments. If you’re searching for a pain relief procedure that is minimally invasive and faster than other, more intensive surgeries, then cryosurgery is ideal for you. After your consultation with your podiatrist, your treatment will be completed in 15 minutes. A local anesthetic numbs the painful areas of your feet so you remain comfortable throughout the duration of your procedure. A small puncture then allows a probe to reach your neuroma and begin applying various degrees of ice therapy to the area.
How Does it Work?
After the small probe arrives at your neuroma, freezing cycles begin treating the area. Ice therapy has been used to treat painful injuries for centuries, but technological advances have improved this effective treatment. Ice therapy during cryosurgery serves to soothe the inflammation and numb the pain associated with your foot condition. Icing the source of your foot pain beneath the skin improves upon the results of typical ice therapy, which only treats the surface of your skin. Cryosurgery relieves your pain as the treated nerve deteriorates and a new, healthy nerve grows over the weeks following your treatment.
What Happens After the Procedure?
Immediately after your cryosurgery, your podiatrist will place a dressing over the incision. You may remove the dressing after a few days, and it’s advised to limit your physical activity for the first three days following your appointment. This is a very short recovery time when compared to that of more involved surgeries, so you can get back to your normal life quickly.
If you’re ready to explore cryosurgery as the solution to your foot pain, then schedule a consultation with Dr. Teles at All South Bay Footcare. If you live in the Los Angeles area, call (310) 986-2925 to discuss your foot surgery options.