Have you ever observed that your second toe is significantly longer than your big toe? If this is the case, you have Morton’s Toe, which is a common condition. It’s so frequent that 42.2 percent of all people surveyed had a second toe that was longer than their big toe, according to one research.


Because practically every ancient Greek sculptor depicted their subjects with this condition, it is also known as “Greek foot.” The sculptures are this way not because of genetics, but because the long toes of this foot shape are more visually beautiful, according to art historians (according to the ideals of the time, of course).


Unfortunately for today’s sufferers, having a larger second toe may appear attractive, but it can lead to foot problems if left ignored.


Complications of Morton’s Toe

Morton’s Toe is a common ailment, but it actually places greater strain on the sensitive second toe.


This pressure distribution can produce long-term difficulties depending on your gait and the shoes you wear. Today’s shoes aren’t designed to handle a second toe that’s longer than your big toe, and forcing your toes into shoes that don’t fit will aggravate your agony.


Morton’s toe is typically related with the following conditions.



When our feet rotate inward too quickly, we call it overpronation. If left untreated, this might result in knee, hip, and back discomfort.


Metatarsalgia (metatarsalgia) pain

The bones that link the toes to the remainder of the foot are known as metatarsals. Because it’s meant to absorb more stress, our big toe’s metatarsal is the thickest.


Morton’s toe sufferers, on the other hand, may have pain in the metatarsal area of their second toe, which is taking some of the stress load intended for the big toe.


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Hammertoe is an unnatural bend in the second toe that can develop as a result of trauma or shoe pressure. If people with Morton’s toe force their feet into shoes that aren’t long enough to accommodate their second toe, they can quickly develop a hammertoe.


Fascite plantare è un tipo di fascite plantare che colpisce

Fascite plantare is an inflammation of the tissue beneath the ball of the foot that causes discomfort. It’s a common overuse ailment that’s made worse by overpronation.



A bunion is a bony protrusion that can form on the big toe’s joint. Pressure on the foot causes the big toe joints to become misaligned, resulting in this condition. The most common source of this pressure is ill-fitting shoes.



Calluses are a term used to describe rough or thicker skin on the sole of the foot caused by wearing shoes that are overly tight. A callus can form when a part of your foot grinds against your shoe or another part of your body, causing unpleasant friction.


What Kind of Morton’s Toe Shoes Should I Wear?

As you can see from the list above, Morton’s toe can lead to a slew of issues.


Your second toe may get squished if you don’t wear the right shoes, and the pressure can lead to hammertoes, bunions, and calluses. If Morton’s toe sufferers do not wear correct shoes, their stride may be impacted. Plantar fasciitis, middle toe discomfort, and metatarsal pain can all be caused by long-term gait abnormalities.


Look for shoes with a larger toe box to make sure you’re safe (toe area). To accommodate the extra length of your second toe, you can also purchase shoes that are half a size or a full size larger.


When your second toe is longer than your big toe, ortesi personalizzate può aiutare.

Metatarsal pads, which sit beneath the second toe’s metatarsal joint, are used by some patients with Morton’s toe to provide more cushioning. This orthotic device can assist reduce strain on the second toe if the pad is placed correctly.


If Morton’s toe isn’t your only problem, a custom orthotic could help. A tailored device can help relieve pressure and cure gait difficulties before they cause long-term harm by providing support and treatment for many concerns at once.


We build every orthotic bespoke according to a digital or foam imprint at IDEASTEP Orthotics, and we can even assist you find shoes that fit your longer second toe.

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