Morton’s Foot Can Cause Knee Problems

Morton’s Foot structure is when your second toe is longer than your big toe causing instability. People with Morton’s Foot structure also find that their big toe is super flexible as well. A couple of other signs of Morton’s foot is a web of skin between the second and third toe and built up calluses under the second toe and other places on the foot. Because of the way the weight is dispersed on this type of foot, it causes overload in certain muscles (tibialis posterior, flexor digitorum longus,Morton's foot peroneus longus). Other muscles will compensate for this overload and may become a problem. These include the gluteus medius, minimus and the vastus medialis.

Not everyone with Morton’s foot will have abnormal weight distribution, but those who do will develop calluses and perhaps a neuroma. These people will want to be very careful about shoe choice and will be more comfortable with a shoe insert.

Shoes should provide maximum support under the arch. They should provide ample room in the toe box for the toes to move around with an insert. The sole should be flexible at the toes. The heel should fit well enough that it does not allow the heel to move much at all and the heel should be flat and not pitched in any direction.

There are different variations on types of inserts one with Morton’s foot would use. Below is one type. You can also see in the picture how the second toe is much longer than the big toe. Notice how the second joint is much higher on the foot than the first.

Morton’s foot can be a real pain, both literally and figuratively. But help is available! If you are experiencing pain in your feet or knees, call us to schedule an appointment. We can help massage away the aches and pains caused by Morton’s foot. With a little bit of treatment, you can start feeling better today. 614-604-6358