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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.

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