How is Morton’s neuroma diagnosed?

During an examination, your healthcare provider will:

  • Look at your feet, to see if there’s a mass between the toes.
  • Put pressure on the spaces between the toe bones to figure out the location of the foot pain.

What tests will I need for a doctor to diagnose Morton’s neuroma?

Most of the time, your provider can diagnosis Morton’s neuroma based on your symptoms and a physical exam. An X-ray won’t show a neuroma. But it can help rule out other conditions that cause foot pain, such as a stress fracture or arthritis. You may also need an ultrasound or MRI to confirm the diagnosis.

Sometimes, your provider may recommend an electromyography procedure. This test measures the electrical activity of your nerves and muscles. It can rule out nerve conditions that can cause symptoms like those of Morton’s neuroma.

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