Excision of Morton's Neuroma

Indications for operation

Morton's neuroma


The operation will be performed while you're asleep under a general anaesthetic.

Operation type



An incision approximately 3-4cm long will be made over the top of the foot between the affected toes.


The ligament between the two rays of the foot is divided and the nerve and neuroma identified. The nerve and neuroma are removed as far back down the foot as possible to try and prevent it recurring. This does result in numbness between the toes but this is rarely a problem and is certainly better than the pain from the neuroma.

Wound closure

The wound is closed with absorbable stitches.


Dressings are placed over the stitches and a supportive dressing applied to the foot.

Immediate aftercare

You will be able to get out of bed as soon as you are comfortable and given a shoe that allows you to walk on the foot when you feel ready. Then, once your surgeon and anaesthetist are happy you'll be given an outpatient's appointment and allowed to return home. You can reduce the dressing to a simple sticky dressing after 3 days but it will often take 4 weeks or so for the foot to feel completely comfortable.


All operations carry small risks of complications. Whilst these are very rare, they need to be balanced against the potential benefits and this is something that your surgeon will discuss with you in detail before the operation.

The specific risks for Morton's neuroma excision are wound infection, swelling, recurrence of the neuroma, numbness of part of the toes (this is inevitable but very rarely even noticed).

Our practice covers the following hospitals:

Parkside Hospital
For appointments phone : 0208 971 8026

St Anthony's Hospital
For appointments phone : 0208 335 4678

Ashtead Hospital
For appointments phone : 01372 221441

New Victoria Hospital
For appointments phone : 0208 9499000

Clock House Hospital
For appointments phone : 01372 840837