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Problems Caused by a Longer Second Toe

If your second toe seems to protrude a bit farther than your big toe, you might have what is commonly known as Morton’s toe. This condition may seem like a minor foot quirk, but it can lead to some uncomfortable problems. One of the primary issues associated with Morton’s toe is the increased likelihood of developing calluses on the sole of your foot and experiencing various types of foot pain. This happens because the longer second toe can alter how weight is distributed across your foot, putting extra pressure on certain areas. The condition is named after Dudley Joy Morton, who first described it in the 1930s, and is unrelated to Morton’s neuroma. In some cases, Morton’s toe can lead to more severe foot conditions, such as hammer toe or bunions, especially if your footwear does not accommodate your foot shape properly. If you are experiencing discomfort or noticing changes in your foot due to Morton’s toe, it is essential to seek help from a podiatrist who can offer various conservative treatments. These can include shoe modifications, custom orthotics, exercises, and medication, all of which can help to alleviate pain and prevent further complications. If you have Morton’s toe or are experiencing foot pain, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist. 

If you have any concerns about your feet, contact Jennifer M. Kern, DPM from South Carolina. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Biomechanics in Podiatry

Podiatric biomechanics is a particular sector of specialty podiatry with licensed practitioners who are trained to diagnose and treat conditions affecting the foot, ankle and lower leg. Biomechanics deals with the forces that act against the body, causing an interference with the biological structures. It focuses on the movement of the ankle, the foot and the forces that interact with them.

A History of Biomechanics

  • Biomechanics dates back to the BC era in Egypt where evidence of professional foot care has been recorded.
  • In 1974, biomechanics gained a higher profile from the studies of Merton Root, who claimed that by changing or controlling the forces between the ankle and the foot, corrections or conditions could be implemented to gain strength and coordination in the area.

Modern technological improvements are based on past theories and therapeutic processes that provide a better understanding of podiatric concepts for biomechanics. Computers can provide accurate information about the forces and patterns of the feet and lower legs.

Understanding biomechanics of the feet can help improve and eliminate pain, stopping further stress to the foot.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in West Columbia, SC . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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