Morton’s Toe is a common condition where the second toe is larger than the big toe. This leads to excessive pressure on the second metatarsal head or ball of the foot resulting in pain. It is broadly classified as a type of metatarsalgia.
Morton’s Toe impacts the whole body because it changes your posture and the way you walk and run. This is known to cause and perpetuate musculoskeletal problems. Ideally fit shoes and inserts can aid in controlling the many conditions and relieve pain without surgery.
In the picture above, it is actually the 1st metatarsal that is short. The metatarsal is the long bone of the foot creating along with the big toe joint. Any type of nonsurgical correction should be aimed at increasing the downward force of the 1st metatarsal. This will most likely take up most of the pressure when walking, specifically at push off or when you bend your toes with walking.
Mortons toe can be from a shortening or lengthening of any of the involved bones. Therefore, determining what is defective will better aid in determining what non or surgical correction can be made to alleviate pain and improper gait.
Shoes with a toe rocker-rounded up at the tip of the shoe- assists one to roll off the high pressure area faster with gait thus reducing pain.