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Morton's Toe

What is Morton's Toe?

Morton's Toe is a common forefoot disorder where the second toe is longer than the big toe. The big toe is called the hallux.

What Causes Morton's Toe?

Morton's toe leads to excessive pressure on the second metatarsal head. The second metatarsal head is behind the second toe at the ball- of-the-foot. Excessive pressure causes 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.

Can Morton's Toe be Treated?

Yes. Treatment of Morton's toe includes wearing proper footwear. Proper footwear usually contains a high and wide toe area. Sometimes, it may be necessary to buy shoes that are a half size larger to accommodate the larger second toe.

A metatarsal pad may also be used to help reduce stress on the ball of the foot.


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