Fifteen patients (17 feet) with symptoms suggestive of plantar interdigital neuroma underwent magnetic resonance (MR) imaging at 1.5 T with a solenoid forefoot coil with an 8-cm field of view. Surgery was subsequently performed on six feet. Fifteen interdigital masses were identified with MR imaging. Five of these, in feet that underwent surgery, were pathologically confirmed neuromas. In the remaining foot that underwent surgery, flexor tendon injury with probable inflammatory reaction was demonstrated with MR imaging but was interpreted as indeterminate for neuroma. No neuroma was identified at surgery, which otherwise confirmed the MR imaging findings. Neuromas were most conspicuous on T1-weighted images as foci of decreased signal intensity well demarcated from adjacent fat tissue. The lesions were poorly seen on T2-weighted images, where they appeared isointense or slightly hypointense to fat tissue in all cases. Prominent regions of increased signal intensity, presumably representing fluid in intermetatarsal bursae, were seen proximal to 10 of the 15 masses found with MR imaging.
- Foot, MR studies