Can you see a neuroma on X-Ray or MRI?

Diagnosing Morton's Neuroma with Houston MRIA neuroma is an inflammation of a nerve in the ball of the foot. Because the nerve is composed of soft tissue, it is not visible on X-ray. X-ray is useful to image bone and does not provide much diagnostic benefit for a Morton's neuroma. Even so, your podiatrist in Houston will likely order an X-ray to be taken, since it is important to rule out other issues, such as a stress fracture.

 

An MRI is very useful in imaging soft tissue structures, such as neuromas. An MRI is not always necessary if the clinical evidence for a neuroma is overwhelming. In fact, an MRI can produce a false negative for Morton's neuroma, meaning not finding one even if a neuroma is present. This happens when the neuroma falls between the "slices" that the MRI takes.

 

One thing you cannot do is diagnose a neuroma yourself. Contact our Houston podiatry office for an immediate evaluation to properly diagnose the cause of the pain in the ball of your foot.

Dr. Andrew Schneider
Dr. Andrew Schneider is a podiatrist and foot surgeon at Tanglewood Foot Specialists in Houston, TX.