Morton's neuroma refers to an inflamed and irritated nerve between the 3rd and 4th metatarsals. This is the most common place for a neuroma to occur. It often causes symptoms into the 3rd and 4th toes in the form of electrical or shooting pain. It may cause numbness in this webspace as well. Some people feel as though they have a bunched up sock in their shoe and pain is usually made worse with tight, restrictive shoe wear.
If the diagnosis of a Morton's neuroma is made, an ultrasound guided injection may be recommended for you. The interventional radiologists at Hospital for Special Surgery are skilled at identifying the nerve by ultrasound so that the injection can be more precise and more comfortable for you. One or multiple injections may be necessary, but ultimately surgery for excision of a neuroma can be discussed if your symptoms are persistent.
Recovery from neuroma surgery requires about two weeks of limited activity to allow your wound to heal. Activity and shoe wear is then progressed as tolerated.
If you live in New York and would like to learn more about Morton's neuroma or to set up an appointment, contact us today.