Morton’s Neuroma

“Dr. Mathews resolved my neuroma after I had been told by two other doctors not to have the surgery as the recovery was long and the results not a sure thing. He suggested a new surgical technique to release the neuroma. After the surgery, I was walking around in ten days and had no pain by week three! The surgery has been a complete success after suffering for five years with pain, ineffective orthotics and cortisone injections. Thank you, Dr. Mathews.” A.J.

Morton’s neuroma is an inflammation of the nerve in the ball of the foot caused by an entrapment of the nerve between the metatarsal heads. The nerve becomes enlarged and is irritated by the metatarsal heads applying pressure on it. Symptoms of a Morton’s neuroma are pain and numbness in a specific spot in the ball of the foot, sometimes extending into the toes. At times the pain may be absent and, at other times, severe enough to require immediate removal of the shoe. The condition tends to get worse with time and can be a very debilitating disorder. When conservative treatments fail to relieve pressure from the nerve, a neurectomy (surgical removal of the damaged nerve) has traditionally been performed.

Today, Vancouver Podiatry uses a newer, minimally invasive procedure developed by Koby Surgical. This procedure, called Nerve Decompression can be performed through a single small incision between the toes, which requires only a local anesthetic. The enlarged nerve is decompressed by isolating and releasing the ligament above it. By relieving the pressure on the nerve from the metatarsal heads, the painful symptoms can be eliminated. The patient’s nerve is left intact with no loss of sensation. There is also a shorter recovery period without the complications associated with neurectomies. This is a very safe procedure with a high success rate and it is becoming the standard care for hundreds of surgeons throughout the country.

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