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Morton's neuroma

What is Morton’s neuroma?

Morton's Neuroma is degeneration and widening  of the nerve between metatarsals. It is common in the nerve between 3 and 4 metatarsals followed be the neuroma between second and third metatarsals.

What findings can be seen as Morton's neuroma?

Morton's Neuroma causes pain, burning and numbness complaints.on the  forefoot,  Patients often moving his fingers to relax the feet and seek for a foot massage.

What causes Morton's Neuroma?

Exact cause of Morton's neuroma is unknown. Tiptoeing, jumping dancing on tiptoe and on firm surfaces with hard sole shoes rsut in irritation of the forepart of foot. That repetitive traumas may initiate the nerve degeneration and thickening. Also, transverse ligament between the metatarsals can be thicken and may compress and entraps the nerve.

How is the diagnosis of Morton's Neuroma made?

In most cases, the complaint and physical exam will help to make the diagnosis. A manuel pressure between the 3 and 4 metatarsals produce pain. Mulder sign is usually positive. If one squeeze the forefoot,a popping sensetion and pain can be felt in Morton Nueroma area.  MR confirms the diagnosis.

What is the treatment of Morton's neuroma?

In the treatment of Morton's neuroma, comfortable shoes, antiimflammatory drugs and metatarsal pads  are used. Surgical treatment of patients who fail to respond to conventional therapy is considered

What is the surgical treatment of Morton's neuroma?

Surgical treatment often does not require in general anesthesia. Ankle block anesthesia is suffucient in most cases. A dorsal insicion is made. Transvers ligament cut and thickened nerve segment is removed.

How many days you need to stay in the hospital after surgery of Morton's Neuroma?

Many patients may be discharged the same day, one night hospital stay is rarely required.

How long does it take to put pressure on foot after surgery of Morton’s neuroma?

Even patients can walk on their heels or with special shoes, putting pressure on the forefoot may take 2-3 weeks.



Key Words: Morton neuroma, neuroma, foot pain, paresthesia, foot burning

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