Mortons Neuroma Test

Special Tests and Orthopedic Examination for Physical Therapy: Ankle & Foot

Morton’s Neuroma Test

aka Metatarsal Squeeze Special Test

  • To detect the presence of Morton’s Neuroma


Morton’s Neuroma (is a benign neuroma of an intermetatarsal plantar nerve, most commonly of the second and third intermetatarsal spaces (between 2nd-3rd and 3rd-4th metatarsal heads). This problem is characterised by pain and/or numbness, sometimes relieved by removing footwear.

Morton’s Neuroma Orthopedic Test:


  • Patient is seated
  • Compress the foot by applying pressure to the medial and lateral aspects of the foot at the metatarsophalangel joints

Special Tests and Orthopedic Exam

Morton’s Neuroma Test: POSITIVE TEST:

  • Sharp pain at the location of the neuroma. Pain is worsend by activity.