What is Morton’s Toe?
This is a common forefoot disorder where the second toe is longer than the Big Toe (the Hallux).
Causes of Morton’s Toe
This condition leads to excessive pressure on the second metatarsal head (behind the second toe at the ball-of-the-foot). The result is pain similar to the discomfort associated with metatarsalgia. The constant pressure placed on the longer second toe while walking or standing can also lead to callus formation under the second metatarsal.
Treatment and Prevention at Foot Solutions
Our specialists will be delighted to help you alleviate the symptoms and prevent Morton’s Toe.
The key is choosing the correct footwear. Footwear with a high and wide toe box (toe area) is ideal for treating this condition. It may be necessary to buy footwear a half size to a size larger in order to accommodate the longer second toe.
Orthotics with arch support to keep the foot aligned and a metatarsal pad to reduce stress on the ball-of-the-foot are also often recommended when treating this condition. The combination of proper footwear with an effective orthotic will provide relief from pain associated with Morton’s Toe. If the problem persists, consult a foot doctor.