[Anatomic danger of percutaneous section of the inter-metatarsal ligament for the treatment of Morton's neuroma]

Rev Chir Orthop Reparatrice Appar Mot. 2007 Nov;93(7):720-4. doi: 10.1016/s0035-1040(07)73257-9.
[Article in French]


Certain authors have proposed percutaneous neurolysis of Morton's neuroma. We conducted a human anatomy study to assess the reliability and the iatrogenic effect of percutaneous section of the ligament. Percutaneous section of the inter-metatarsal ligament was performed on 16 fresh cadaver specimens via a dorsal approach. The plantar dissection demonstrated that the section was not complete, without associated lesion, in only six cases. Analyzing these failures, we determined the necessary procedure for correct section.

Publication types

  • English Abstract

MeSH terms

  • Cadaver
  • Dissection
  • Foot Diseases / pathology
  • Foot Diseases / surgery*
  • Humans
  • Joint Capsule / pathology
  • Ligaments, Articular / pathology*
  • Metatarsal Bones / blood supply
  • Metatarsal Bones / innervation
  • Metatarsal Bones / pathology*
  • Metatarsophalangeal Joint / blood supply
  • Metatarsophalangeal Joint / innervation
  • Metatarsophalangeal Joint / pathology*
  • Neoplasm, Residual / pathology
  • Neuroma / pathology
  • Neuroma / surgery*