To diagnose Morton’s neuroma, a thorough case history will be taken of your symptoms and a physical examination of your foot will be carried out. The examiner will attempt to reproduce your symptoms by manipulating the foot and putting pressure between the metatarsals.
Occasionally, some imaging may be necessary to rule out joint inflammation, arthritis or stress fracture. These are often seen on X-Ray.
If these are ruled out, an ultrasound is consequently used to help rule in a neuroma as they are often visible on this type of imaging.
An early diagnosis is the most effective way of lessening the need for more invasive treatments such as surgery when permanent damage has occured to the nerve. If intervention is carried out early, most pain experienced is reversible as the nerve hasn’t been inflamed enough for it to become permanently damaged in such a way that you experience pain once external irritators are removed.