How is Morton's neuroma diagnosed?

You should visit a doctor or podiatrist (foot doctor) if you have pain or tingling that is affecting your ability to walk pain-free. Your physician will examine your feet and will apply pressure on the spaces between the bones of the toes to determine the location of the foot pain.

The doctor may order X-rays to rule out other conditions associated with foot pain, such as a stress fracture or arthritis. X-rays alone will not show whether or not a neuroma is present, so an ultrasound scan or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) test may be done to make sure the diagnosis is correct.

A diagnostic procedure called an electromyography is sometimes used to rule out nerve conditions that may cause symptoms like those of Morton's neuroma. Usually, the diagnosis can be made by your symptoms and physical exam alone.

Last reviewed by a Cleveland Clinic medical professional on 03/02/2016.


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