Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation for Morton Neuroma Follow-up

Updated: May 26, 2020
  • Author: Kevin Berry, MD; Chief Editor: Dean H Hommer, MD  more...
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Follow-up

Deterrence

General prevention includes ensuring that shoes fit properly. Recommend that the patient wear well-padded, low-heeled shoes with a wide toe box. No other preventative techniques are recommended.

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Complications

Chronic pain may develop when treatment is unsuccessful for patients with Morton's neuroma. Postoperative complications, such as dysesthesias, are possible when surgery is performed to remove the neuroma. Possible complications following corticosteroid injections may include plantar fat pad necrosis and transient numbness of the toes.

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Prognosis

Prognosis for recovery is good with conservative treatment; however, patients still may require surgical intervention. [37] Some patients who undergo surgery report a recurrence rate of as high as 50%.

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Patient Education

Patients should be well informed about proper footwear.

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