The procedure

The procedure

This procedure is usually done as an outpatient procedure, under a local anaesthetic. A thin probe is inserted through the web of skin at the base of one of the toes and into the area where the nerve is affected. The probe is attached to a device that delivers pulses of radiofrequency heat energy, which damage the nerve and aim to reduce pain.

Afterwards, a steroid injection may be given to reduce pain and swelling. The person is advised to limit their walking for 1 or 2 days and take painkillers if needed. If necessary, the procedure can be repeated after a few weeks.

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