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Morton's neuroma is a swelling of the digital nerve (nerve that supplies sensation to the toes) which can lead to pins and needles or pain when bearing weight.

Why you might need surgery for Morton's Neuroma

Morton's neuroma is when the nerves in the foot become irritated and thickened causing severe pain.  You may experience symptoms in one foot or both and it usually affects the nerve between the third and fourth toes. The second and third toes can also be affected.

You may experience pain from Morton's neuroma at any time but symptoms usually present in middle-aged women and runners. This may be due to choice in footwear causing pressure on the foot.

Treatment for Morton's neuroma will be dependent upon the severity of the condition and how long you have been experiencing symptoms. Your consultant will advise you of the most appropriate treatment pathway for you based on your symptoms.

Who will do it?

Our patients are at the heart of what we do and we want you to be in control of your care. To us, that means you can choose the consultant you want to see, and when you want. They'll be with you every step of the way.

All of our consultants are of the highest calibre and benefit from working in our modern, well-equipped hospitals.

Our consultants have high standards to meet, often holding specialist NHS posts and delivering expertise in complex sub-speciality surgeries. Many of our consultants have international reputations for their research in their specialised field.

Before your treatment

You will have a formal consultation with a healthcare professional. During this time you will be able to explain your medical history, symptoms and raise any concerns that you might have.

We will also discuss with you whether any further diagnostic tests, such as scans or blood tests, are needed. Any additional costs will be discussed before further tests are carried out.

Preparing for Morton's Neuroma treatment

We've tried to make your experience with us as easy and relaxed as possible.

For more information on visiting hours, our food, what to pack if you're staying with us, parking and all those other important practicalities, please visit our patient information pages.

Our dedicated team will also give you tailored advice to follow in the run up to your visit.

Morton's Neuroma procedure

We understand that any medical procedure can be a cause of anxiety – even if it’s relatively straightforward. That’s why our experienced and caring medical staff with be there for you every step of the way.

We will offer surgical treatment for Morton’s neuroma if you are struggling with very severe pain or if other treatments haven’t been successful. 

A Morton’s neuroma operation will usually be carried out under a general anaesthetic. During the procedure an incision will be made on your foot to allow the surgeon to access to the affected nerve. Your surgeon will then remove some of the tissue surrounding the nerve or remove part of the nerve. If it is necessary to remove part of the nerve, the area between your toes will be permanently numb.

Morton's Neuroma recovery time

After the procedure you will be taken from the operating theatre to a recover room, where you will come round from the anaesthesia under close supervision. 

After this, you will be taken to your room or comfortable area where you can rest and recuperate until we feel you’re ready to go home.

Following the procedure, you will need to wear a special shoe to protect your foot until the affected area has healed. You will be encouraged to walk on the foot from the day of surgery however; crutches may be needed and are available if required. A full recovery may take a few months.

The wounds must be kept dry until the stitches are removed.

Even after you’ve left the hospital we’re still looking after you every step of the way. If you have any questions or concerns, we’re here to help so please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Why Spire Wellesley Hospital is the best choice for Morton's Neuroma treatment

We are committed to delivering excellent individual care and customer service across our network of hospitals, clinics and specialist care centres around the UK. Our dedicated and highly trained team aim to achieve consistently excellent results. For us it's more than just treating patients, it's about looking after people.

The excision of Morton's Neuroma is undertaken at Spire Wellesley private hospital in Southend by our expert consultant orthopaedic surgeons. Your procedure will be undertaken in one of our three operating theatres and if you are required to stay with us for your procedure, you will be made comfortable in your single private bedroom with en-suite facilities and TV. Our professional chefs prepare fresh meals just for you in our onsite kitchen, offering a wide range of dishes and a menu that changes each day. Your friends and family are welcome to visit you and we provide free parking and flexible visiting times, as we believe that they play an important part in your recovery. 

Morton's Neuroma treatment cost

A fixed price for this treatment may be available on enquiry and following an initial consultation.

You can trust Spire Wellesley Hospital to provide you with a single, fixed price (1) so there are no surprises. And, through our carefully chosen partner (2) you can even be considered for interest free finance.

We’re here to help you with making these important choices, so you’re then free to concentrate on your treatment and on getting back to being you.

(1) Important: Please read Spire’s terms and conditions for full details of what’s included and excluded in your fixed price* when paying for yourself.

(2) Zebra Finance Ltd trading as Zebra Health Finance , Lincoln House, Stephensons Way, Wyvern Business Park, Derby, DE21 6LY. 

Find Spire Wellesley Hospital at SS2 4TN

Southend is only 20 miles from the M25 and Spire Wellesley Hospital is a couple of miles from the town centre, just off the A127. We are short taxi ride from the train station, which has a fast and regular connection to London Liverpool Street.

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Important to note

The treatment described on this page may be adapted to meet your individual needs, so it's important to follow your healthcare professional's advice and raise any questions that you may have with them.