Volume 3 Supplement 1

Proceedings of the Society of Chiropodists and Podiatrists Annual Conference 2010

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Is the proportion of the third inter-space that a neuroma occupies a more relevant measurement than the size alone?

  • Helen Milnes1,
  • Julian Pavier1 and
  • Simon Stinchcombe1
Journal of Foot and Ankle Research20103(Suppl 1):O17

DOI: 10.1186/1757-1146-3-S1-O17

Published: 20 December 2010

Introduction

Previous research has failed to show a correlation between the size of a neuroma and the level of pain experienced. The aim of this study was to determine if the proportion of the inter-space that a neuroma occupies has an impact on the level of pain and disability experienced.

Methods

Forty consecutive subjects with third inter-space neuromas identified on ultrasound were included. The size of the neuroma and the inter-space were measured using ultrasound by the same examiner. Neuroma diameter was measured non-weightbearing plantarly and the inter-space was measured from the dorsal aspect when weightbearing. The proportion of the space occupied by the neuroma was calculated. Visual analogue pain scores and the Manchester-Oxford foot pain and disability questionnaire were collected.

Results

Analysis of the data collected failed to show any correlations between the proportion of the space the neuroma occupies with either of the outcome measures used. The hypothesis; the greater proportion a neuroma occupies within the inter-space the greater the level of pain and disability experienced can be rejected.

Discussion

The proportion of the inter-space that is occupied by a neuroma does not correlate to the level of pain and disability experienced.

Authors’ Affiliations

(1)
Sherwood Forest Hospitals

Copyright

© Milnes et al; licensee BioMed Central Ltd. 2010

This article is published under license to BioMed Central Ltd. This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

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