Facts about Mortons neuroma #5: Corticosteroid injections Vs. Pain Meds
Corticosteroid injections and pain medications (analgesics) are often used as the early treatment for Morton’s neuroma that is refractory to lifestyle or shoe modifications. However, at a 3-month follow-up, corticosteroid injections have an overall better outcome than pain medications (analgesics.) These outcomes are independent of the size of neuroma. Ultrasound guidance can further improve the quality of results in with corticosteroid injections.
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.