Morton neuroma is painful thickening of the tissue around one of the nerves in the foot. Surgery removes the area of swelling and the nerve.
Morton neuroma can cause pain and tingling. Surgery is done to ease these symptoms. It is used when other treatments have not helped.
Problems are rare, but all procedures have some risk. The doctor will go over some problems that could happen, such as:
Things that may raise the risk of problems are:
The surgical team may meet with you to talk about:
The doctor may give:
A small cut will be made on the top of the foot. It will be made between the two affected toes. The area of swelling and the nerve will be removed. The end of the nerve will be attached to a toe tendon. Sometimes, an area between the involved foot bones is cut. This is to prevent pressure on the area. The cut will then be closed with stitches. A bandage will be placed over the area.
Nerves of the Foot
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Pain and swelling are common in the first 1 to 2 weeks. Medicine and home care can help manage pain.
If there are no problems, you may be able to leave the same day.
Right after the procedure, the staff may give you pain medicines.
It will take a few weeks for the incision to heal. It can take up to 12 months for a full recovery. Physical activity may need to be limited during recovery. You may need to wear special shoes for a period of time.
Call your doctor if you are not getting better or you have:
If you think you have an emergency, call for medical help right away.
American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons
American Podiatric Medical Association
Canadian Podiatric Medical Association
College of Podiatric Physicians of Alberta
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Morton's neuroma. Ortho Info—American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons website. Available at:
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Last reviewed September 2020 by
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Marcin Chwistek, MD
Last Updated: 4/21/2021