Why Is My Second Toe Longer Than The Others? | Triad Foot & Ankle Center

Why Is My Second Toe Longer Than The Others?

mortons toeDid you know having a second toe longer than your big toe is actually pretty common? In fact, it even has a name: Morton’s toe. It is estimated that around 10-30% of adults have a longer second toe than their big toe. While it is a relatively common genetic occurrence, it can often cause toe pain.

What Causes Morton’s Toe

The cause of your second toe appearing longer than your big toe is the result of the first metatarsal bone being shorter than the second metatarsal bone. Morton’s toe is a genetic condition and typically affects both feet.

Morton’s toe increases stress on the toe joint during weight-bearing activities like walking, running, or sports, potentially leading to joint inflammation. The added pressure can have additional effects such as callusing of the toes or even cause stress fractures.

Additionally, lifestyle choices such as wearing tight and ill-fitting footwear can exacerbate the issue and lead to the development of hammertoes.

What is the Treatment for Second Toe Pain?

Prevention can go a long way. Supportive footwear that does not put additional pressure on your toes is a great first step. Over-the-counter carbon fiber foot plates used to stiffen the area under the insoles of your shoe, as well as orthotics, can also help keep the toes in place and lessen pain related to this condition.

If you are experiencing toe pain not resolved by proper footwear, you should consult your podiatrist for an evaluation. In some cases, they may recommend anti-inflammatory medications or cortisone injections. If these conservative measures are ineffective in reducing your pain, your doctor may recommend a surgical approach to treating your toe pain.

If you believe you are suffering from second toe pain or another foot condition and want to be evaluated by one of our physicians at Triad Foot & Ankle Center, please call 336-375-6990, or click here to schedule an appointment online.

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