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Longitudinal Plantar Approach for Excision of Morton's Neuroma: Long-Term Results

Published:October 22, 2021DOI:https://doi.org/10.1053/j.jfas.2021.10.010

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      Longitudinal plantar approaches are generally considered at risk for wound healing problems. Thus, we wanted to investigate long-term outcomes after a primary Morton's neuroma excision through a longitudinal plantar approach. A retrospective study of patients with primary neuroma excision was conducted. Twenty-four patients (28 feet) were evaluated at a mean 9-year follow-up (range, 6-14) by a single trained examiner using a specific postoperative evaluation protocol, including AOFAS Forefoot subjective and objective scores. Good-to-excellent outcomes were reported in 25 (89.3%) cases. A hypertrophic scar formation and keratosis occurred in only 2 cases (7.1%). All the patients, with a single exception, achieved full weightbearing with a postoperative shoe from the first day after the operation. A longitudinal plantar approach can lead to long-term, good-to-excellent outcomes with no case of recurrence or reoperation. Accurate wound closure and immediate weightbearing with a postoperative shoe can minimize the rate of complications. This approach should be considered for primary resection of Morton's neuromas.

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