Morton Syndrome

"The hard part is not how to do the surgery but deciding what to do. In order to do this, it is essential to see a specialist in foot pathology".


What is Morton syndrome?

The syndrome of Morton or neuroma of Morton manifests like a pain in the zone of support of the sole of the foot a little previous to the zone in which calluses appear, almost in the base of the fingers.

One is a quite common lesion and it is caused by the irritation of the interdigital nerve between the 3-4 finger.

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What are the symptoms of Morton syndrome?

Morton's syndrome causes an electrical sensation in the fingers next to the nerve that, at times, can be so painful that it prevents walking.

At the time of indicating the treatment of this injury the fundamental thing is to distinguish the cause of the pain.

Sometimes an imaging study reveals if the nerve is thickened or damaged but there may be nerve damage without it being deformed.

The most common symptoms are:

  • Pain with the step.
  • Deformity of the foot.
  • Inflammation of the zone.

Do you have any of these symptoms?

You may have Morton's syndrome

How is Morton's syndrome treated?

Once Morton's syndrome has been diagnosed, conservative treatment is indicated as a first step: many times rest, using a template that relieves the pressure area or applying infiltrations, among other measures, can improve the symptoms.

It is common for this irritation to be accompanied by other small deformities, for example claw toes, or even internal anomalies that are not visually detected.

For this reason, the treatment must cover all the factors involved, since if they are not adequately treated the results will be unsatisfactory.

En última instancia se recurre al tratamiento quirúrgico.

El tratamiento quirúrgico de las lesiones del antepié se puede realizar tanto con cirugía abierta como percutánea.

La recuperación es similar en ambas técnicas, por lo que el procedimiento se elige en función de la forma del pie y de las características de la lesión y de cada paciente.

Where do we treat it?


The Department of Orthopedic Surgery and Traumatology
of the Clínica Universidad de Navarra

The Department of Orthopedic Surgery and Traumatology covers the full spectrum of congenital or acquired conditions of the musculoskeletal system including trauma and its aftermath.

Since 1986, the Clinica Universidad de Navarra has had an excellent bank of osteotendinous tissue for bone grafting and offers the best therapeutic alternatives.

Organized in care units

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Why at the Clinica?

  • Experts in arthroscopic surgery.
  • Highly qualified professionals who perform pioneering techniques to solve traumatological injuries.
  • One of the centers with the most experience in bone tumors.

Our team of professionals

Traumatology specialists with experience in the treatment of Morton's syndrome