Excision of Mortons Neuromas

What is an Excision of Morton’s Neuroma?

If you sometimes feel that you are “walking on a marble,” and you have persistent pain in the ball of your foot, you may have a condition called Morton’s neuroma. A neuroma is a benign tumor of a nerve. Morton’s neuroma is not actually a tumor, but a thickening of the tissue that surrounds the digital nerve leading to the toes (the nerve that 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.

In severe cases of Morton’s neuroma, surgery is required. An excision of Morton’s neuroma eases the pain by releasing pressure from the nerve or removing the nerve.


In an excision of Morton’s neuroma treatment, your surgeon will cut out a small portion of the affected nerve or release the tissue around the nerve.

Recovery Time

The recovery time for an excision of Morton’s neuroma is generally short.