Morton’s Toe and a large callous

Hello I have Morton’s Toe and a large callous under my second toe which hurts to walk on, I’m in the process of making a pad to place under my first metatarsal head. Is this correct? I’ve made a 3mm pad but I could still feel the pain of the second metatarsal so I moved up to 8mm thickness now and as a result, I don’t feel the pain in the second metatarsal anymore, however now I feel the pain in the FIRST metatarsal, so is this normal? Should I make a pad that goes all the way to the top? I really want to continue running so would appreciate any help you may have.

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  1. Foot-com

    Hello and thank you for your question.

    I personally do not use the padding that you are describing above. I have had many barefoot / mid foot runners with morton’s toe and switched them to a different pad.

    The reason you are getting the callus on the 2nd metatarsal head is that –

    1. One this is the midline of the foot (in everyone) so this is where most of your forces are centered
    2. Your long second toe creates a retro-grade pressure increasing forces even more

    If you are using the padding you describe above and ALSO have a plantar flexed first ray (which is possible) then yes you will feel more pain when using this padding. Instead I recommend a met pad or U-pad for the foot. These can be put directly on your foot or in the shoe (depending on which shoe you are wearing).

    Keep the callus shaved as to decrease your pain in that area.

    I hope this provides some help!

    Dr. Emily Splichal
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