Should I be considering radio-frequency for the treatment of my Morton's neuroma?


In a paper by Moore et al, the authors treated 32 feet with radio-frequency. Radio-frequency is a form of heat treatment that effectively destroys the nerve. They found an overall success rate of 83% and concluded that radio-frequency was safe and effective treatment modality for the management of symptomatic neuromas.

At The London Podiatry Centre we are currently exploring the possibility of radio-frequency, but presently can see no specific advantage over cryosurgery. Furthermore, there is some evidence that radio-frequency may be associated with greater levels of post-operative pain given that heat rather than cold is used to treat the condition. Mr McCulloch is currently providing expert guidance for NICE (National Institute of Clinical Excellence) and is trialling radio-frequency within the NHS.