Effects of Morton’s Toe

Effects of Morton’s Toe

July 25, 2023

Anyone with a second toe longer than the big toe has a condition known as Morton’s toe. This abnormality is generally the result of a congenital condition or a genetic disposition. Girls are more likely to have a Morton’s toe than boys. Morton’s toe is a misnomer, as the problem in bone structure is not in the toe, but in the first metatarsal beneath the big toe. This condition brings with it a host of foot problems, the most important of which is overpronation. This, in turn, can cause further problems with the feet, such as pain in the ball of the foot, Morton’s neuroma, and stress fractures in the metatarsals. Morton’s toe may also be responsible for weak ankles, shin splints, or tight calf muscles. An orthotic device that offers arch support and a metatarsal pad can help to relieve the cascading effects of Morton’s toe as it keeps the foot aligned. A change in footwear to shoes with a wide and roomy toe box also can relieve some discomfort. A surgical remedy is considered to be a last resort. For help with problems associated with Morton’s toe, it is suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist.

If you have any concerns about your feet, contact one of our podiatrists from PA Foot & Ankle Associates. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Biomechanics in Podiatry

Podiatric biomechanics is a particular sector of specialty podiatry with licensed practitioners who are trained to diagnose and treat conditions affecting the foot, ankle and lower leg. Biomechanics deals with the forces that act against the body, causing an interference with the biological structures. It focuses on the movement of the ankle, the foot and the forces that interact with them.

A History of Biomechanics

  • Biomechanics dates back to the BC era in Egypt where evidence of professional foot care has been recorded.
  • In 1974, biomechanics gained a higher profile from the studies of Merton Root, who claimed that by changing or controlling the forces between the ankle and the foot, corrections or conditions could be implemented to gain strength and coordination in the area.

Modern technological improvements are based on past theories and therapeutic processes that provide a better understanding of podiatric concepts for biomechanics. Computers can provide accurate information about the forces and patterns of the feet and lower legs.

Understanding biomechanics of the feet can help improve and eliminate pain, stopping further stress to the foot.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Allentown, Easton, Northampton, and Chew Street in Allentown, PA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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