Interdigital neuralgia affects a significant number of individuals, with an average age of presentation in the sixth decade and a 4- to 15-fold increased prevalence in women. Historical descriptions date back to the 19th century. Nonoperative treatment with shoe modifications, metatarsal pads, and injections provides relief for most, but long term, 60% to 70% of patients eventually elect to have surgery. Although excision can be performed through a dorsal or plantar approach, we prefer the dorsal incision to prevent scar formation on the plantar aspect of the foot. Satisfactory results are common but not certain with reports of excellent or good ranging from 51% to 93%.
Peters, PG; Adams, SB; Schon, LC
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