Neuroma (Morton’s) Excision

A neuroma is a thickening of the nerve between the toe bones (metatarsals) that results in a chronic compressive neuropathy (pinched nerve.) Symptoms include persistent pain in the ball of the foot, feeling like walking on a marble, and/or a burning/tingling/unpleasant sensation that radiates into the toes. Symptoms can be aggravated with pushing off the front of the foot with walking and running, high heeled shoes, or tight and narrow shoes.

It is hypothesized that the neuroma forms as a result of repetitive microtrauma or compression of the nerve. The nerve will enlarge and become entrapped (pinched) by the adjacent structures.

Neuroma (Morton’s) Excision

More About Neuroma (Morton’s) Excision

Surgery involves excision of the enlarged nerve and decompression of the affected area through a small incision at the top of the foot. 

Dr. Matthew Turanovic is trained in the most up to date and advanced surgical techniques and protocols for foot and ankle surgery - without the need for casts and crutches. See the about me for more information about your surgeon. 

A thorough consultation, history, examination, and understanding of patient goals are required to determine if they are a candidate for the surgery. 

Surgery typically takes about 30 minutes. Surgery is done with regional anesthesia and optional oral sedation. This means the nerves of the foot are numbed with local anesthetic so no pain is felt during the procedure. Oral medication is given to reduce anxiety, promote a calming effect, and sometimes a relaxing nap. This allows for a quicker, more comfortable recovery after surgery and poses significantly fewer risks and complications compared with general anesthesia.  

Detailed care instructions will be given and pain control medicine will be prescribed after surgery.  You will have direct contact with the surgical team questions or concerns arise when you leave the office.

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