The 1st metatarsal bone (bone in the big toe) is genetically short and cannot provide adequate stability for the foot. Consequently, the 2nd metatarsal (located in the second toe) bone is forced to bear additional pressure. At toe-off, the arch and ankle often roll down and inward until the short 1st metatarsal contacts the ground.
The most common symptoms associated with Morton’s syndrome include:
The most common causes of Morton’s syndrome include:
Orthotics (Orthoses) – Must be prescribed by a physician
Custom made orthotics support the skeleton and soft tissues in the correct position. Orthotics are a long-term solution to prevent reoccurrence by controlling and / or correcting the mechanics that cause the problem. Orthotics for Morton’s syndrome may include:
Footwear including therapeutic and orthopaedic shoes are integral to the treatment process. Certified Pedorthists are trained to fit patients with appropriate footwear. BioPed offers many types of footwear into which an orthotic device may be placed or worn alone.
Footwear for Morton’s syndrome is sized according to the length of the longer second toe and may have any of the following characteristics:
Modifications to footwear are also available at the discretion of the Pedorthist.