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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.

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Reasons for Procedure  

Morton's neuroma can cause pain and tingling. Morton's neuroma removal is done to lessen these symptoms. After the removal, most people have pain relief.

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Possible Complications  

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
  • Bleeding
  • Infection
  • Poor wound healing

Some factors that may increase the risk of complications include:

  • Smoking
  • Poor nutrition
  • Long-term illness
  • Use of certain medications
  • Diabetes
  • Bleeding disorders
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What to Expect  

Prior to Procedure  

You doctor may do the following:

  • Medical history
  • Physical exam
  • MRI scan of the foot

Anesthesia  

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

Nerves of the Foot  
Foot Anatomy Nerve and muscle

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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.

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.