Mortons Neuroma Insoles
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Morton’s neuroma is a painful condition affecting the ball of the foot. It causes pain and numbness in the toes when walking or during impact activity as the interdigital nerve between the webspace of the toes becomes irritated and inflamed. Footwear plays a significant role in the cause and the resolution of Morton’s Neuroma. If a shoe is too tight-fitting, lacks support or has a high heel, it can place excess pressure on the ball of the foot, leading to a neuroma.
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The best shoes for Morton’s Neuroma are a cushioned trainer with a zero drop and a wide-fitting toe box. A cushioned sole absorbs the impact and vibration that arises from the ground on impact to reduce irritation of the neuroma. A zero drop or stack height refers to the height from the back of the trainer to the from is as low as possible. A low stack height is beneficial as if there is a heel, then your centre of gravity moves towards the front of the foot when standing, and it accelerates the speed of weight transferred onto the ball of the foot when walking or running.
Finally, the width of the toe box is imperative. Everyone knows the length of their foot, but very few know their foot width. This can be measured using a standard measuring tape around the forefoot and is typically then graded size A to EEEE. If a toe box is too narrow, it will compress the forefoot and pinch the nerve, worsening the symptoms of Morton’s Neuroma.
We have created a list of our recommended shoes for Morton’s Neuroma
This is not medical advice. We recommend a consultation with a medical professional such as James McCormack. He offers Online Physiotherapy Appointments for £45.