Morton’s Neurectomy is the surgery that corrects Morton’s Neuroma.
Symptoms Of Morton’s Neuroma
Normally, there are no outward signs, such as a lump, because this is not really a tumor. Burning pain in the ball of the foot that may radiate into the toes. The pain generally intensifies with activity or wearing shoes. Night pain is rare. There may also be numbness in the toes, or an unpleasant feeling in the toes.
The goal with neuroma surgery is to relieve the pressure caused by the enlarged nerve. The advantage of Morton’s Neurectomy is that the enlarged portion of the nerve is completely removed leading to a more predictable relief of pain. A disadvantage is that removing a portion of the nerve leaves a numb sensation on a small portion of the toe.
Many studies state that patients can walk on their foot immediately after a neuroma operation as long as they use a protective post-op shoe. However, patients have a much better recovery period with less pain and swelling if they give their foot more protection in the first weeks after surgery.
For the best results and least pain patients will typically be non-weight bearing for about 1-2 weeks after Morton’s Neuroma surgery. After that patients typically wear a walking boot for 2-4 more weeks. Most patients can then usually move into a regular shoe as tolerated. Orthotics may be recommended as well.
Potential complications that may result from Morton’s Neurectomy include numbness, the development of calluses, continued or returning neuroma pain after the surgery, metatarsal pain from removal of fat in the area, and pain from an adjacent neuroma.