Morton’s neuroma occurs as the nerve passes under the ligament connecting the toe bones (metatarsals) in the forefoot.

Morton’s neuroma most frequently develops between the third and fourth toes, usually in response to irritation, trauma or excessive pressure.

The incidence of Morton’s neuroma is 8 to 10 times greater in women than in men.

What is Morton’s Neuroma?

This is a condition whereby the patient develops swelling of a nerve between the toes. It is completely benign but can cause significant pain and disability. It is often exacerbated by certain footwear and impact exercise.

What are the symptoms of Morton’s Neuroma?

It is most common between the 2nd and 3rd toes but can occur in any of the webspaces. Patients will often complain of aching pain under the front of the foot after periods of standing or exercise. These symptoms can often be made worse if the patient was to wear a high heeled shoe or tight footwear. It is also common to have the sensation of constantly standing on a smooth pebble or a crease in the sock. This is due to the pressure effect of the swollen nerve. There can also be numbness of the two toes affected by the neuroma.

How is Morton’s Neuroma diagnosed?

A good history and examination by a Foot and Ankle Specialist is important in coming to the correct diagnosis. Clinical signs of a Morton’s Neuroma on examination can include an abnormal sensation of the affected toes, tenderness in the webspace between the toes, and worsening of the pain on squeezing the toes together. Definitive diagnosis and measurement of the size of the neuroma can be formally made with Ultrasound Scanning or MRI.

How is Morton’s Neuroma treated?

Simple pain killers can improve the symptoms if they are mild but more may need to be done. Changing your footwear to a more cushioned sole or wearing a shoe insert to change the contact areas on the sole of the foot can give excellent relief. Injection around the neuroma under ultrasound guidance with local anaesthetic and steroids has been shown to be an excellent way of treating the condition. If the injection wears off it can be repeated but an excessive number of injections can lead to skin damage and the effect often gets less with every repeated injection. Surgery to excise the neuroma has been shown to be an effective and safe treatment for the condition once lesser therapies have been trialled. This is a day case operation performed through a small incision on the top of the foot. Over 80% of patients are very happy with the results of the procedure.

If you or someone you know has suffered an injury or is experiencing pain across their lower limbs or difficulty with mobility and would like a consultant-led review, please contact us. Grosvenor Orthopaedics have extensive experience in the treatment of knee-related injuries with excellent patient outcomes.


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our specialist FOOT & ANKLE consultants

Foot & ankle care at Grosvenor Orthopaedics is lead by Mr Tim Sinnett. A graduate of Cambridge and Imperial College medical schools and leading academic and trauma consultant for Chelsea and Westminster NHS trust. He is further supported by the orthopaedic team here including other consultant surgeons, nurses and care staff.

Our team are well placed to manage and treat a diverse range of foot and ankle concerns utilising cutting edge diagnostic technology and treatment approaches, both surgical and conservative. Below is an overview of some of the conditions we treat but for a more thorough understanding please contact our team here


Consultant Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgeon, Specialist in Foot and Ankle Surgery

MBBS (AICSM), MA (Cantab), FRCS (Tr & Orth)
Tim is a Trauma and Orthopaedic Consultant at Chelsea and Westminster NHS Foundation Trust, King Edward VIIs Hospital, and the Lister Hospital, Chelsea. His high volume Adult Foot and Ankle practice is made up of all aspects of ankle, hindfoot, midfoot and forefoot pathology. He is an avid believer in patient empowerment and autonomy, especially when decisions regarding surgery are required. Ensuring a high-quality patient journey from the first assessment to full rehabilitation is at the heart of his practice.

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