Morton's Toe is a common forefoot disorder
where the second toe is longer than the Big Toe (the Hallux).
Morton's toe leads to excessive pressure on
the second metatarsal head (behind the second toe at the ball-
of-the-foot) resulting in pain similar to the discomfort associated with
metatarsalgia. The constant pressure placed on the longer second toe while
walking or standing can lead to callus formation under the second
metatarsal head due to this excessive pressure.
Treatment and Prevention
Proper treatment of Morton's Toe starts
with selecting proper 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 to accommodate the longer second
Orthotics that feature arch support to keep
the foot aligned, and a metatarsal pad to reduce stress on the
ball-of-the-foot are often recommended when treating this condition.
Proper footwear combined with a effective orthotic will provide relief
from pain associated with Morton's Toe.
If problem persists, consult a foot doctor.