Morton neuroma is an inflammation and scarring of a nerve in the foot that goes to the toes. Surgical treatment involves removing the area of inflammation and the nerve.
Reasons for Procedure
Morton neuroma can cause pain and tingling. Morton neuroma removal is done to lessen these symptoms when other treatment has not helped. After the removal, most people have pain relief.
Problems from the procedure are rare, but all procedures have some risk. Your doctor will review potential problems, like:
- Recurrence of pain
- Numbness in the nearby toes
- Poor wound healing
Some factors that may increase the risk of complications include:
What to Expect
Prior to Procedure
You doctor may do the following:
- Medical history
- Physical exam
- MRI scan of the foot
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. The end of the nerve will be attached to a toe tendon. 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.
The removed tissue will be examined in a lab. The results may take several days.
How Long Will It Take?
Less than 1 hour
How Much Will It Hurt?
Anesthesia will prevent pain during surgery. Pain and discomfort after the procedure can be managed with medications.
If there were no complications, you may be able to leave the same day.
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.
Call Your Doctor
Contact your doctor if your recovery is not progressing as expected or you develop complications such as:
- Signs of infection, including fever and chills
- Redness, swelling, increasing pain, excessive bleeding, or discharge from the incision site
- Pain that you cannot control with the medications you were given
- Recurrence of the symptoms in your foot, or new, unexplained symptoms
If you think you have an emergency, call for medical help right away.
- Reviewer: Michael Woods, MD
- Review Date: 06/2016 -
- Update Date: 05/29/2014 -