Morton’s neuroma and rheumatoid arthritis
All patients of Morton’s neuroma should be checked for other musculoskeletal conditions (such as rheumatoid arthritis and rheumatoid nodules). According to a recent study(1), about 5% of the patients who presents with symptoms of Morton’s neuroma are later diagnosed with a rheumatoid nodule. Rheumatoid nodules may co-exist with Morton’s neuroma.
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(1) Rheumatoid nodule presenting as Morton’s neuroma; S. Chaganti, S. Joshy, K. Hariharan, and M. Rashid; J Orthop Traumatol. 2013 Sep; 14(3): 219–222.
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.