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Interdigital Perineural Fibroma (a.k.a. Morton's Neuroma)

Childs, Sharon G.

CE Feature: Pathophysiology

Forefoot pain is common in middle‐aged persons and in the athlete. Increased pressure on the forefoot from too‐narrow, high‐heeled, or ill‐fitting shoes places the foot in abnormal postures and causes pain to foot soft‐tissue and osseous structures. Appreciation of the pathogenesis of interdigital perineural fibroma (also known as Morton's neuroma) will provide a better understanding of this foot malady and will assist patients and health care providers in maintaining better foot health.

Author Information Sharon G. Childs, MS, CRNP‐CS, CEN, ONC, is an Adult Nurse Practitioner and an Orthopaedic Trauma Critical Care Clinical Specialist at Concentra Medical Center in Baltimore, Maryland.

© 2002 National Association of Orthopaedic Nurses