Radiofrequency thermoneurolysis for the treatment of Morton's neuroma

J Foot Ankle Surg. 2012 Jan-Feb;51(1):20-2. doi: 10.1053/j.jfas.2011.10.007. Epub 2011 Nov 4.


Pedal neuroma is a common disorder. The authors undertook a review of 32 feet in 29 patients with a symptomatic neuroma treated between January 2007 and January 2010 to evaluate the effectiveness of radiofrequency thermoneurolysis therapy in alleviating symptoms. Overall relief of symptoms was rated as complete by 24 (83%) patients, with 5 patients experiencing minimal to no relief. Two patients were lost to follow-up after 1 month, 2 patients opted for no further intervention, and 1 patient went to open resection of the neuroma. Average follow-up was 13 months and total recovery time was 2 days. Complications included 1 foot with cellulitis treated by a course of oral antibiotics. The results of this retrospective study indicate radiofrequency thermoneurolysis therapy is a safe, effective, and minimally invasive alternative treatment for symptomatic neuromas of the foot.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Catheter Ablation*
  • Female
  • Fluoroscopy
  • Follow-Up Studies
  • Foot / diagnostic imaging
  • Foot / surgery*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Neuralgia / surgery*
  • Neuroma / diagnostic imaging
  • Neuroma / surgery*
  • Peripheral Nervous System Neoplasms / diagnostic imaging
  • Peripheral Nervous System Neoplasms / surgery*
  • Radiography, Interventional
  • Retrospective Studies