Mortons’s Neuroma can cause severe foot pains often between the bases of the 3rd-4th toes. Cortisone injection may lead to atrophy of tissues and more rubbing of area as result so options are needed. Injection 0.5 mls of 0.1% Capsaicin lead to pain reduction from 5.9 to 2.4/10
PAIN Publish Ahead of Print 2016
A randomized, double blind, placebo controlled trial of injected capsaicin for pain in Morton’s neuroma
Claudia M. Campbell et al
- Pain 3rd intermetatarsal space with numbness 3rd and 4th toes
- Treatments include steroid injection, thermal lesioning (hot and cold), and neurectomy – the latter might leave persistent uncomfortable numbness.
- Capsaicin might destroy C fibers
- 28 placebo; 30 cases capsaicin
- pre-treated with 2 mls lidocaine injected 5 minutes before
- capsaicin (0.2 mg/mL) – 0.5 mls injected into site
- Ice packs and Percocet like pain killers.
Comment – does cut the pain by more than 1/2 but does not get rid of it. I use a combination of 5% lidocaine to kill off nerve fibers and kenalog 10-40 mg injected more on top so not to thin out foot pad and it gives good relief. Wearing high heels is a no-no.
Prolotherapy injection offers possibilities for resistant cases:
Dextrose Prolotherapy Treatment for Unresolved “Morton’s Neuroma” Pain
Ross A. Hauser
The Foot and Ankle Online Journal 5(6) 1; June 2012