Pain under my 2nd toe

Hello Doctor. I’ve been experiencing foot pain on / off for several years. Pain is generally under my 2nd toe and is on both feet. Doing some research I think the pain is due to my long second toe but I’m not quite sure how to eliminate the pain. I’ve tried inserts but they do not really help. Thanks.

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  1. Foot-com

    Hello and thank you for the question.

    A long second toe is often referred to as Morton’s Toe and can cause a lot of stress to the second toe joint. The second toe joint is the point of the foot that takes the most stress and pressure when we walk so having a long second toe makes you a little more susceptible to stressing this 2nd joint.

    Continued stress to the 2nd toe joint can create instability and tearing of the ligament that stabilizes this joint. What I recommend for my patients who have this long second digit and pain is to 1. tape the 2nd digit to the 3rd digit which re-enforces this small joint 2. use a u-pad or metatarsal pad to offload the 2nd metatarsal head / joint when walking.

    These two thing together with anti-inflammatories should decrease your pain. If your pain persists after trying to above for two weeks then I would see a Podiatrist.

    I hope this helps.

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    Dr. Emily Splichal
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