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Insoles for Morton’s Toe: 4 Common Questions Answered

by Mark Paigen 7 minute read

While Morton’s toe is a common condition that’s not considered medically serious, it can cause pain and discomfort. Fortunately, one of the most effective ways to address this is to use medical-grade insoles.

Top-quality insoles can alleviate the pain and discomfort caused by Morton's toe in several ways:

  • Redistributing pressure applied on your foot when walking or running
  • Providing support to your entire foot
  • Correcting gait misalignment due to walking with pain

With the right insoles, you can substantially alleviate Morton’s toe symptoms and continue having an active lifestyle.

But we know you’re not about to buy the first insoles you find. You probably have some questions, given that Morton’s toe is a health issue, and choosing the right solution can considerably impact your quality of life.

Let’s address the three most pressing questions you need answers to so you can choose the right insoles for Morton’s toe.

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The Basics

  • Insoles are one of the most recommended remedies for Morton’s toe. They’re easy on your wallet and can effectively tackle all issues caused by a longer second toe.
  • Insoles considerably reduce pain, correct misalignment in the feet, ankles, and the entire motor system. They also redistribute pressure across the entire foot (instead of leaving it concentrated on the second  toe as it does for people with Morton’s toe).
  • Though we’ll always recommend you to consult a podiatrist or an orthopedist for the final say, except in very rare cases, you don’t need custom orthotics if you have Morton’s toe. Insoles have all the benefits you need, including gait correction, index toe support, and pain relief, for a much lower price.
  • Aside from a design that takes into account the needs of people with Morton’s toe, your insoles should be slim and light, provide support to the entire foot, and give you the best value for your money.
  • At Tread Labs, we have three lines of insoles—Ramble, Pace, and Dash—that are perfect for people with Morton’s toe. Choose the best one for you according to your level of activity and how firm you want that support to feel.

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Table of Contents

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1 - What Are the Benefits of Using Insoles for Morton's Toe?

It’s been proven that using podiatrist-approved insoles for Morton’s toe is one of the most practical countermeasures for people with the condition.

Problems associated with Morton’s toe stem from the well-known fact that the index or “second” toe—the one next to the big one—is longer than the latter.

Because of its protruding length, the index toe carries excessive weight and pushes the foot structure backward, destabilizing the entire foot and causing pain in places like the ball, heel, ankle, and the area around the big and second toes.

Using insoles designed with Morton’s toe in mind corrects the consequences of the index toe’s difference in length, and has the following benefits.

Relieves Pain and Discomfort

Well-designed insoles will relieve pain and discomfort caused by Morton’s toe because they redistribute pressure away from the second toe. This reduces excessive strain put on that toe and remedies the issues it causes in other areas of the foot.

Improves the Alignment of Your Gait 

Medical-grade insoles improve your gait alignment by supporting your arch, heel, ball, metatarsal area, and toes.

This remedies the misalignment Morton’s toe causes when you walk or run and prevents or eliminates pain in your ankles, knees, and other parts of your musculoskeletal system.

Helps Absorb the Shock of Walking or Running

Insoles absorb the impact caused by walking or running. By cushioning the shock from your steps, insoles allow you to walk, run, and exercise for longer without pain.

Insoles with metatarsal pads are especially beneficial if you have Morton's toe because they take pressure off the second toe. You can attach metatarsal pads to your insoles in the specific area where support is needed.

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2 - Do I Need Custom Orthotics or Quality Insoles if I Have Morton’s Toe?

Except for in very rare cases, you don’t need custom orthotics if you have Morton’s toe. Insoles have all the benefits you need, including gait correction, index toe support, and pain relief, for a much lower price.

Though we’ll always recommend you to consult a podiatrist or an orthopedist for the final say, Morton’s toe is not considered a severe condition. So cases in which people with Morton’s toe require custom orthotics are extremely rare.

That doesn’t mean you can’t get custom orthotics to relieve Morton’s toe. But if your doctor doesn’t think they’re necessary, you’ll be spending much more than you need to (custom orthotics are often not covered by your medical insurance).

The minimum cost of quality custom orthotics is over $250. That cost can multiply considerably in the long run because you’re likely to need new ones once they wear out.

3 - What Should I Look for When Choosing Insoles for Morton’s Toe?

Full Foot Support

One of the best ways to remedy Morton’s toe is to help take the weight off of your index toe. This is accomplished by distributing weight evenly across the rest of the foot instead.

An insole that provides support for your arch, heel, and metatarsal area will increase the load these parts of your foot carry, taking pressure away from the second toe.

Slim and Light Built

The last thing you want is an insole that tries to do its job at the expense of adding bulk and weight to your shoe. After all, more weight means more pressure on your index toe.

Look for insoles that are lightweight and slim. This will allow them to fit into any footwear and support your feet without adding unnecessary weight.

Great news! Tread Labs gives you all of these benefits in a podiatrist-approved product that does help remedy Morton’s toe. Our insoles considerably reduce pain and improve your comfort and endurance when walking or exercising.

Ramble Insole's arch frame with short, regular, and thin insole covers

4 - How Should I Choose My Ideal Tread Labs Insoles for Morton’s Toe?

The main thing to consider when your ideal Tread Labs insoles is the intensity of the activities you perform and what kind of support feels most comfortable to you.

We have three insole lines that address the needs of people with Morton’s toe: Ramble, Pace, and Dash. They provide support in various levels of firmness depending on how intense your usual activities are.

Ramble Insoles are our softest, but they do provide firm support and extraordinary comfort. They’re designed for everyday life: going to the office, cooking at home, or taking a walk around the park.

Pace Insoles are best for people with an active lifestyle, but not those who partake in high-intensity sports or have a job that demands a lot of physical activity (like construction workers).

Pace Insoles are perfect for going from the office to your zumba or spinning class. They provide firmer support and a more comfortable feeling than our Ramble line.

Dash Insoles are our top-tier line for serious athletes and people who do a lot of intense physical activity, like football players, cyclists, and half-marathon runners. Also, if you like ultra firm support regardless of your activity, Dash Insoles are perfect for you.

“ ... Tread Labs are the most comfortable and supportive insoles ... I recommend them to all my patients with foot and ankle issues.”
- Amy Middleton (verified customer)

“I stand all day on concrete floors and have constant foot pain! ... Tread Labs inserts have made a remarkable difference ...
- George Botelho (verified customer)

Dash Insole's arch frame with short, regular, and thin insole covers

Expert Tip: In addition to these options, we recommend adding metatarsal pads to your insoles. Our pads are specially designed to attach easily to any Tread Labs insole at the exact point where you need additional support. They’re affordable and effective.

Take the Right Step to Improve Your Quality of Life

While Morton’s toe is not a serious condition, it can still be painful and trigger the development of other issues that affect your whole body if left untreated. That’s why it’s critical to address it before the problem grows.

Luckily, using insoles is one of the most practical ways to treat Morton’s toe because it addresses the biomechanical problems caused by the condition.

At Tread Labs, we’ve been making top-quality insoles since 2015. We’ve created three innovative designs—Ramble, Pace, and Dash—that take into consideration the particular needs of people with Morton’s toe.

The following table compares the characteristics of our insoles and what uses they’re best suited for.

Characteristic Ramble Insoles Pace Insoles Dash Insoles
Arch support Polypro arch frame for firm support Semi-rigid Polypro+ arch frame for extra firm support 1.25 mm carbon fiber arch frame for ultra-firm support
Covers 3–5 mm medium-density open-cell polyurethane foam 3–5 mm high-density open-cell polyurethane foam 3–5 mm extra high-density open-cell polyurethane foam with forefoot ventilation
Best for Everyday life and normal activities Active lifestyles and physical activity of moderate intensity Intense physical activity or a preference for stiff support

Take a look at our insole lines to choose your best match. We guarantee that you’ll find a quality product to take pain away and improve your quality of life.

Questions? Drop us a line at We're here to help.

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