Pain after Morton’s neuroma surgery? Failed Morton’s surgery? Why?

Reviewed by Janet D. Pearl, MD, MSc

What is the cause of post Morton’s neuroma surgery pain? Why do many Mortons neuroma surgeries fail?

The most common cause of failed Morton’s neuroma surgery is wrong diagnosis.  This is mainly because, a number of musculoskeletal conditions mimic Morton’s neuroma in symptoms and clinical examination, the commonest being synovitis of second metatarsal joint and tarsal tunnel syndrome. In all such cases, when there is an indication of another underlying issue, more sophisticated investigations should be performed before opting for surgical intervention. It is critical to see a doctor well experienced in dealing with these cases.

The other main causes of failed Morton’s neuroma surgery include poor surgical technique and right diagnosis, right operation but unfavorable outcome.

See conditions that mimic Morton’s neuroma.

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