Ultrasound Examination is Effective in Identifying Morton’s Neuroma
Ultrasound examination can help in the identification of 85% cases of the Morton’s neuroma. Experts believe that ultrasound identification helps in improving the accuracy of diagnostic process by showing the continuation of digital nerve within the problematic mass. In addition, it also provide valuable information regarding the exact size, dimensions and situation of surrounding soft tissues. However, if in doubt a ultrasound guided local anesthetic injection is considered the gold standard for diagnosing Morton’s neuroma.
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.