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Plantar Approach for a Morton NeuromaSurgical Technique
Caio Nery, MD1; Fernando Raduan, MD1; Angelo Del Buono, MD2; Inacio Diogo Asaumi, MD1; Nicola Maffulli, MD, MS, PhD, FRCS(Orth)3
1 Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Federal University of São Paulo, R. Pedro de Toledo 783, Fifth Floor, Vila Mariana, São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil 04039-032. E-mail address for C. Nery: caionery@uol.com.br. E-mail address for F. Raduan: fernando@raduan.com.br. E-mail address for I.D. Asaumi: igasaumi@uol.com.br
2 Department of Orthopaedic and Trauma Surgery, Campus Biomedico University of Rome, Via Alvaro del Portillo, 200, 00128 Trigoria, Rome, Italy. E-mail address: a.delbuono@unicampus.it
3 Centre for Sports and Exercise Medicine, Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry, Mile End Hospital, 275 Bancroft Road, London E1 4DG, England. E-mail address: n.maffulli@qmul.ac.uk
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Based on an original article: J Bone Joint Surg Am. 2012 Apr 4;94(7):654-8.

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Copyright © 2012 by The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, Inc.
JBJS Essential Surgical Techniques, 2012 Jul 25;2(3):e14 1-6. doi: 10.2106/JBJS.ST.L.00006
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The plantar approach for management of a Morton neuroma allows the transverse metatarsal ligament to be spared, decreases the risk of damage to the dorsal cutaneous nerve branches, and has a low rate of complications with results comparable with those of other approaches.

Step 1: Incision

Make a transverse plantar skin incision distal to the metatarsal weight-bearing area.

Step 2: Exposure

Excise the connective tissues around the neuroma and expose the common digital nerve as far proximally as possible.

Step 3: Resection

Identify the resection point over the metatarsal neck and cut the neural branches as proximal and as distal as possible.

Step 4: Closure

Suture the fat pad using inverting absorbable sutures and the skin using nonabsorbable monofilament sutures.


We assessed 160 of 168 patients who had undergone surgical excision of a Morton neuroma; the median duration of follow-up was 7.1 years13.

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