Excision of Mortons Neuroma is a surgical procedure designed to relieve the pressure and pain caused by Morton’s Neuroma, an enlarged or pinched nerve, compressed between the bones and ligaments.
The procedure entails a small incision on the top of the foot, above the Morton’s Neuroma. After the incision is made, a podiatric surgeon can assess the situation and decide whether to leave the nerve intact, or completely remove the neuroma.
If a podiatrist decides to leave the nerve intact, the procedure will continue by cutting the metatarsal ligament to relieve tension, pain, and pressure. This option does not cause any loss of feeling in the toes.
If a full removal of the neuroma is required, a podiatrist will eliminate the enlarged portion of the nerve and, possibly, cut the ligament as well. This option may cause permanent numbness in the third and fourth toe, due to the fact that the removed nerve, which provides feeling in this area, is no longer present.
After the Excision of Morton’s Neuroma, the incision will be closed and stitched, and the foot will be bandaged. The patient will be required to wear a post-operative shoe for about two weeks until the stitches fully heal. Full recovery takes about three weeks. After that, the patient can return to wearing normal shoes, and can perform normal activities.
Conservative options are also available in the form of custom inserts to take pressure off of the area where the neuroma is located. Steroid injections are also an available option prior to surgical removal of the painful neuroma. As an experienced and knowledgable podiatric surgeon, Dr. Benjamin Tehrani has performed this procedure for numerous patients with a positive outcome. If you are looking for a professional to answer your questions about any issue with your feer, contact us to schedule your appointment with Dr. Benjamin Tehrani.