If you have Morton’s Toe, also called Morton’s Foot Syndrome or Greek Toe, you're in good company. Both the Statue of Liberty and Michelangelo's statue of David both have Morton's Toe. While it is often without symptoms, for some people Morton's Toe can cause biomechanical problems that lead to foot, knee, and back pain. There is a way to avoid those outcomes though. Keep reading to learn more.
If you're having prolonged foot pain, it's always best to see a podiatrist to find out what's causing it. Don't wait until something that could have been easily addressed becomes a more serious issue.
Unlike many foot-related maladies, Morton’s Toe is not caused by ill-fitting footwear, injuries, or overuse. Instead, it is a factor of genetics. Those with this condition are born with it. When the second metatarsal bone inside the foot is longer and lower than the first metatarsal bone, the pressure that occurs with every step you take is not evenly distributed. This causes the added weight to be shifted to the second metatarsal. Over time, this may lead to overpronation (turning inward) of the foot along with other progressive structure irregularities in your foot, ankle, knee, leg, and back.
The main symptom of Morton’s Toe is easy to identify—your second toe is longer than your big toe. This causes the metatarsal (ball of the foot) beneath your second toe to fall lower than the big toe metatarsal, which creates a deeper space between the first and second toe than between the subsequent toes.
The condition itself is no cause for alarm. Many people with Morton’s Toe, however, experience a series of biomechanical complications as they age, due to the uneven distribution of pressure on the ball of the foot. These complications can include:
In addition to a greater risk for these associated foot problems, those with Morton’s Toe may also be more prone issues in the ankles, legs, hips and back. This can include weakness or pain, shin splints, instability, arthritis, and more.
Simple treatment options can help align your foot, relieve the pressure on your feet, knees and legs that may otherwise lead to progressive skeletal dysfunction. The most common treatment for Morton’s Toe is a quite simple fix involving an orthopedic insert that raises the level of the big toe metatarsal to the level of the second metatarsal.
Metatarsal pads are an easy way to address Morton's Toe. There are many types of met pads available, and they offer various ways of staying in place:
Tread Labs insoles unique two-part system allow you to place a metatarsal pad between the arch support and the top cover with hook-and-loop. This allows for easy adjustment to get the placement right. It also shields the met pad from dirt and bacteria, making it last longer.
A metatarsal pad can relieve pain by adding support to the shaft of your second metatarsal bone. This helps reduce the pressure on the ball of your foot and re-distributing it more evenly across your foot. The key to making it work is putting it in the right spot. This can take some trial and error because if met pads are not positioned correctly, they will make things worse.
If you are experiencing pain due to Morton’s Toe, it's time to see a doctor. Your physician will examine your foot, ankle, and leg as you sit, stand, and walk. If there is evidence of a metatarsal fracture or progressive foot dysfunction, they may wish to perform imaging tests to see what’s going on at the bone, muscle, and tendon level.
If the findings suggest the root of your foot dysfunction is due to Morton’s Toe, your physician will likely suggest the proper type of shoe inserts to help you.
If your Morton’s Toe has contributed to other skeletal problems, your physician may refer you to a specialist who can address the specific issues you are experiencing.
It's always best to seek the advice of a medical practitioner when you are experiencing pain or discomfort. They will help you determine the cause of your issues and point you in the right direction toward solving them so you can walk better, feel better, live better.
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