What are the 4 most important things you need to know about Morton’s neuroma?
- Diagnosis is difficult because MRI’s and ultrasound’s can be misleading and many conditions can mimic Morton’s neuroma.
- Ultrasound guided procedures can cure your Morton’s neuroma without surgery.
- Try your best to avoid surgery for your Morton’s neuroma and only resort to it as a last step when all other measures have failed. (However, sometimes surgery is necessary.)
- Clinical experience is critical. Make sure you see someone who is experienced in seeing and treating Morton’s neuroma, and especially experienced with performing ultrasound-guided procedures for 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.