Morton's neuroma surgery

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Editor-In-Chief: C. Michael Gibson, M.S., M.D. [1]; Associate Editor(s)-in-Chief: Sara Mohsin, M.B.B.S.[2]


Surgery is the last resort in the treatment of morton's neuroma. In some cases, surgery may be needed to remove the thickened tissue/affected nerve in order to help release the pressure on the affected nerve, relieve the pain and improve foot function. Few complications after surgery are possible and include permanent nonpainful numbness if a portion of the affected nerve is removed, risk of postoperative infection around the toes, incisional soreness, scarring, and recurring stump neuromas. Morton's neuroma can be removed surgically either via dorsal or plantar approach, with each approach having its own merits and demerits. Depending upon each individual case, different surgical procedures that can be used for the treatment of morton's neuroma include neurectomy, cryogenic surgery/neuroablation, and decompression surgery.


Complications after the surgery

Surgical Approaches

Following two surgical approaches can be used:

Different surgical approaches
Type of surgical approach Details
Dorsal approach
Plantar approach

Surgical Procedures

Different surgical options for the treatment of Morton's neuroma
Surgical procedure Details of the procedure
Cryogenic surgery/Cryogenic neuroablation
Decompression surgery


  1. Zanetti M, Saupe N, Espinosa N (2010). "Postoperative MR imaging of the foot and ankle: tendon repair, ligament repair, and Morton's neuroma resection". Semin Musculoskelet Radiol. 14 (3): 357–64. doi:10.1055/s-0030-1254524. PMID 20539960.