Distended intermetatarsal head bursa

Case contributed by Dr Chris O'Donnell


Chronic pain in the foot between the 3rd and 4th toes

Patient Data

Age: 20
Gender: Female

Distended intermetatarsal head bursa (between 3 and 4). No surrounding soft tissue swelling. 3rd and 4th MTPs are normal. No Morton neuroma.

Case Discussion

Significance of this finding is not certain as it may be normal to have a bursa of up to 3 mm in width especially in the 3rd and 2nd interspaces. The asymmetry and localized pain suggests that the bursa is pathologically enlarged (inflamed). Injection of steroid and local anesthetic under ultrasound control can be performed in an attempt to alleviate symptoms (i.e. both diagnostic and potentially therapeutic).

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Case information

rID: 34010
Published: 2nd Feb 2015
Last edited: 14th Aug 2019
Inclusion in quiz mode: Included

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