Morton's Neuroma Removal Overview
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.
What to Expect
#Prior to Procedure
You doctor may do the following:
- Medical history
- Physical exam
- X-ray —uses radiation to take pictures 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 incision will then be closed with stitches. A bandage will be applied over the area.
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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 prevents pain during the procedure. You may have some pain during recovery. Talk to your doctor about medicine to help relieve this pain.
#Average Hospital Stay
If there were no complications, you may be able to leave the same day.
When you return home, do the following to help ensure a smooth recovery:
- Keep the surgical area clean and dry.
- Use compression and ice to prevent swelling as directed by your doctor .
- Keep your foot elevated.
- Take antibiotics to prevent infection if advised by your doctor
- Take pain medicine as directed by your doctor.
The stitches are usually removed in the doctor's office 7-10 days after the surgery. You will gradually be able to return to full activities within 3-6 weeks. The small area where the nerve was removed is likely to remain numb.
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American Podiatric Medical Association
Alberta Podiatry Association
Canadian Podiatric Medical Association
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