Morton's Neuroma Home » Morton's neuroma treatment » What is the prognosis (outlook) for Morton’s neuroma?

10 Signs you may have Morton’s neuroma

Do you have foot pain or metatarsalgia? What are the 10 signs that you may have Morton’s neuroma? We specialize in treating Morton’s neuroma.

Alcohol sclerosing injections Vs Alcohol neurolytic injections

Alcohol sclerosing Vs Alcohol neurolytic injections for Morton’s neuroma We discuss the difference and importance. We specialize in treating Mortons neuroma

What shoes should I wear for Morton’s neuroma?

We are often asked what shoes should I get for my Morton’s neuroma? Shoes are critical in preventing and treating Morton’s neuroma.Our recommendations are..

What conditions mimic Morton’s neuroma?

Morton’s neuroma often mimics other musculoskeletal and neurological conditions of the foot, which makes it quite challenging to accurately diagnose.

What is the prognosis (outlook) for Morton’s neuroma?

Morton's neuroma treatment

Morton’s neuroma is a painful condition that can have a significant impact on the quality of life of the affected person. Treatment options vary, and different treatments often have different outcomes.

The prognosis of Morton’s neuroma mostly depends upon the state of the foot when the diagnosis is made and the prior treatment given. If aggressive interventional treatment is given early, the chance of long-term pain relief increases.

In addition, the overall experience of the practitioner doing the procedure also affects the long-term success. The more experienced the practitioner, the greater the likelihood of long-term pain relief. If a patient has suffered for a long time before seeking treatment or if there has been multiple unsuccessful treatments in the past, the chance of achieving long-term pain relief decreases.

Generally, a course of radiofrequency ablation or cyro-ablation has been shown to be effective in approximately 80 to 85% of patients. If done under ultrasound or electrostimulatory guidance, their effectiveness improves and they have about the same effectives as ultrasound guided steroid injections, achieving long term pain relief in approximately 85 to 90% of patients. Some studies show even higher percentage pain relief with these procedures.

Surgical results vary greatly with effective long-term pain relief ranging from 80% to 90 %. A number of studies show up to 35% of patients continue with some ongoing long-term pain post neurectomy. On average, weight bearing occurs 16 days post surgery and return to work after 22 days for the dorsal surgical approach (top of the foot) and in the case of the plantar surgical approach (bottom of the foot) weight bearing and return to work both take about 10 days longer. The effectiveness of surgery is especially related to the experience of the surgical practitioner.

In some patients, the painful symptoms of Morton’s neuroma may recur despite surgery. These chronic symptoms arise because a small part of the end of the nerve left behind may develop into a neuroma (a “stump neuroma”), or post surgical scarring may occur also resulting in pain. The chance of a stump neuroma can be decreased with good surgical technique (which involves burying the nerve end in the foot muscles.)

However, recent studies have shown excellent results for the treatment of Morton’s neuroma with ultrasound guided neurolytic alcohol injections, ultrasound guided radiofrequency ablation, and ultrasound guided cyroablation thus decreasing the need for surgery.

Conclusion
Morton’s neuroma can be a painful condition. A number of different factors play a role in its long-term prognosis, and steps must be taken to prevent it from recurring.

Pin It on Pinterest

phone mortons neruoma
email mortons
REQUEST APPOINTMENT >>

Janet-Pearl-MD

 Let’s Talk!

We’re here to help you with any questions you may have. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to us.