Morton’s Neuroma

What is Morton's neuroma?

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Morton’s Neuroma is a thickening and scarring involving a nerve in the forefoot. It typically causes pain on the balls of the feet, and often shooting pain in the toes. It may feel as though you are walking with a pebble in your sock.

Morton’s neuromas are more common in women, and typically occur between ages 30-60. The most common site is between the third and forth toes.

There are a number of treatments, including avoiding tight-fitting shoes, orthotics, steroid injections and surgery.

We are proud to be one of the few clinics in New Zealand offering a relatively new, minimally invasive, long term treatment for Morton’s Neuromas – Thermal Radiofrequency Ablation (RFA).

  • The procedure is performed under local anaesthetic using ultrasound guidance, and takes around an hour
  • Recovery is rapid – we recommend minimal weightbearing for the rest of the day, with gradually increasing weightbearing over the next few days
  • It’s safe – the risk of complications is small
  • Results in long term pain relief

As long as certain clinical criteria are met (for example, you must have had a scan confirming the diagnosis), you can be referred directly for the procedure by your treating health professional, without the need for a consultation prior (please note that a referral is required).

Why not come to Christchurch for treatment?  We treat patients from across New Zealand.