Morton`s Neuroma

This operation is to remove an inflamed and/or swollen nerve in the ball of your foot trapped between 2 bones.

A Morton`s neuroma causes pain in the ball of your foot and possibly your toes. It can sometimes be treated with simple measures such as comfortable shoes, weight loss, insoles and simple pain tablets. If these measures do not work, an injection of local anaesthetic and corticosteroid will be tried and if this is not sufficient to control your symptoms, the trapped nerve can be surgically removed. Occasionally people have morton`s neuromas in both feet.

What does the operation involve?

A cut is made on top of the foot between the metatarsal bones. The nerve is identified and a short section is removed. The skin is then stitched up and the foot dressed with a firm bandage.

What happens after I go home?

You can go home when comfortable and safe. For the first 2 weeks, you should avoid walking if possible and only put your weight through the heel. When not walking, rest with your foot elevated to reduce swelling.

You will be seen in the clinic 2 weeks after your operation. The dressings will be removed, the wound examined and the stitches removed. You will then be more mobile and able to walk on your whole foot using crutches to support you. Another clinic appointment will be made for 4 weeks later.


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