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Morton's Neuroma Removal

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by Lukas R
 

Definition

Morton's neuroma is an inflammation of a nerve in the foot that goes to the toes. Surgical treatment involves removing the area of inflammation and the nerve.
 

What to Expect

Anesthesia

Local or general anesthesia will be used. Local anesthesia will numb the area. With general anesthesia, you will be asleep.

Description of Procedure

A small incision will be made on the top of the foot. It will be made between the two toes that are affected by the neuroma. The area of inflammation and the nerve will be located and removed. Sometimes, the ligament between the involved foot bones is cut to prevent pressure on the area. The incision will then be closed with stitches. A bandage will be applied over the area.
Nerves of the Foot
Foot Anatomy Nerve and muscle
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After Procedure

The removed tissue will be examined in a lab. The results may take several days.

How Long Will It Take?

Often less than one hour

How Much Will It Hurt?

Anesthesia will prevent pain during surgery. Pain and discomfort after the procedure can be managed with medications.

Average Stay

If there were no complications, you may be able to leave the same day.

Post-procedure Care

You will have to restrict activity while recover. This may take 3-6 weeks. Home care may include:
  • Caring for the surgical wound
  • Using compression or ice
  • Keeping your foot elevated
  • Exercises to maintain flexibility and strength
The small area where the nerve was removed is likely to remain numb.
 

RESOURCES

American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons
http://www.acfas.org

American Podiatric Medical Association
http://www.apma.org

 

CANADIAN RESOURCES

College of Podiatric Physicians of Alberta
http://www.albertapodiatry.com

Canadian Podiatric Medical Association
http://www.podiatrycanada.org

 

References


Morton neuroma. EBSCO DynaMed website. Available at: http://www.ebscohost.com/dynamed. Updated April 16, 2014. Accessed May 29, 2014.


Mortons neuroma. American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons' OrthoInfo website. Available at: http://orthoinfo.aaos.org/topic.cfm?topic=a00158. Updated September 2012. Accessed May 29, 2014.


Thomson CE, Gibson JN, Martin D. Interventions for the treatment of Mortons neuroma. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews. 2004;CD003118.

 

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