What is Morton’s toe?
Morton’s toe is a common forefoot condition in which the second toe is longer than the big toe (hallux).
What are the causes and symptoms of Morton’s toe?
Morton’s toe can lead to excessive pressure on the second metatarsal head (behind the second toe at the ball of the foot) resulting in pain similar to that associated with metatarsalgia. The constant pressure on the longer second toe while walking or standing can lead to callus formation under the second metatarsal head.
How do you treat and prevent Morton’s toe?
Footwear with a high and wide toe box is ideal for treating Morton’s toe. It may be necessary to wear shoes a half size to a size larger to accommodate the longer second toe.
Orthotics are often recommended to promote arch support to keep the foot aligned, and a metatarsal pad to reduce stress on the ball of the foot. Proper footwear combined with an effective orthotic should provide relief from pain associated with Morton’s toe.
If the problem persists, consult your doctor. Your Fit Specialist at Stan’s will advise you on appropriate footwear for your condition.
Courtesy of foot.com