Facts about Morton’s neuroma #3: location of foot neuromas
Does Morton’s neuroma occur in all the metatarsal spaces of the foot? Where do they occur most frequently?
Neuromas occur in all the metatarsal spaces of the foot. (The metatarsal spaces are also known as the interphalangeal joint spaces or the webspaces of the foot.)
- 72% of all the neuromas are located in the third metatarsal space (between the third and fourth metatarsal head).
- 30% of all the Morton’s neuroma are reported in the 2nd metatarsal space
- 5% in the 4th metatarsal space
- 2% in the 1st metatarsal space (known as a Joplin’s Neuroma)
(Not all the articles reviewed had statistics on each web space which is why the total does not add to 100%.)
Janet D. Pearl, MD, MSc is the Medical Director of The Center for Morton’s Neuroma and Complete Spine and Pain Care, an interventional and integrated Pain Management program located in Framingham, Massachusetts. Previously, Dr. Pearl was the Co-Director of the Pain Management Center at St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center, where she was also the Director of the Fellowship program. She is the former Director of a satellite pain center of the Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Pain Management Center, located at the HealthSouth Braintree Rehabilitation Hospital. Dr. Pearl held academic appointments at Harvard Medical School and Tufts Medical School. She serves on the Health Care Services Board of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Department of Industrial Accidents since 2000 as one of its physician representatives and is Chair of the Committee on Pain Management.