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Best Shoes For Morton’s Neuroma

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Last updated: 04/12/2022

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by James McCormack

James McCormack is a Physical Therapist who specializes in knee, foot & ankle injuries. www.james-mccormack.com is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Amazon.com.

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.

Related Article: Morton’s Neuroma Symptoms & Causes

Best Shoes For Morton’s Neuroma?

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

HOKA ONE – Woman’s Mortons Neuroma Shoe 

  • We love HOKA’s cushioned sole which absorbs the vibrations from the ground that can irritate a Morton’s Neuroma
  • The ONE has a 5mm stack height which prevents excess pressure on the forefoot when standing or walking
  • HOKA have a wide toe box which prevents compression of the forefoot.
  • They can be used for walking or running.
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HOKA ONE -Men’s Morton’s Neuroma Running Shoe

  • HOKA is a personal favourite of ours. As mentioned previously it has a 5mm drop and a cushioned sole which helps offload and reduce the symptoms of Morton’s Neuroma
  • We love that you can customise the width of the toe box too
  • The ONE already has a wide-fit toe box but if you have an exceptionally wide foot you can, trace it, send a picture to them and they will make a pair to accommodate your individual foot width.
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Inov8 Roclite 290 – Trail Shoes for Morton’s Neuroma

  • The Inov-8 is a lightweight, flexible trail shoe with a size-D width toe box which is a good size for most wide-foot individuals.
  • Its cushioned midsole is excellent for uneven surfaces when hiking.
  • We like the 4mm drop as this reduces the amount of pressure on the forefoot.
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Physiotherapy with James McCormack

This is not medical advice. We recommend a consultation with a medical professional such as James McCormack. He offers Online Physiotherapy Appointments for £45.

Related Articles: 

Best Insoles for Morton’s Neuroma – Causes of Pain in the Ball of the Foot – Best Exercises for Morton’s Neuroma – Best Metatarsal Pads for Morton’s NeuromaCapsulitis (A common cause of forefoot pain)

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