Morton's Foot Structure (also known as Morton's Toe, Greek Toe)

"We endeavour to create an environment conducive to muscle healing" 
William Huhn 

Mortonís Foot Structure (Morton's Toe) is a congenital (present at birth) condition where the 2nd metatarsal (not the 2nd toe itself) is longer than the first metatarsal.

This has the effect of destabilizing the foot (feet) (hyperpronation and a slight wobble effect) and can possibly be the underlying cause for muscle and postural problems throughout the body.

Runners are especially vulnerable to the effects of this congenital bone condition. 
Since it causes hyperpronation, (and a foot wobble) Mortonís Foot Structure will affect the intrinsic and extrinsic foot muscles. Particularly vulnerable to trigger points forming, is the Achilles tendon and the associated muscles, gastrocnemius, soleus and plantaris. As well, the tibialis posterior may become involved.

Mortonís Foot Structure is treatable without expensive custom insoles.
Here's the basic instructions -

  • To correct the negative effects of Mortonís Foot Structure, a foam pad should be placed on the underside a shoe insole. This foam material usually is found in a 'sheet' form. You will have to cut what you need from this sheet, and one sheet should give you about 8 pads.The 1 sheet pkg. will only cost a few bucks.
  • The foam pad placement should be aligned under the head of the first metatarsal - i.e. it should be positioned directly under the head of the 1st metatarsal.
  • The pad should have an adhesive on one side, so it will adhere to the underside of your shoe's insole. 
  • It should be a diameter of between 20mm - 30mm, depending on the size of your  foot and should be about 4mm thick.
  • As the pad compresses with use, to a non-beneficial thickness (you'll see that the pad is flattened); replace, or better yet, stick another pad over the old one. How frequently you have to replace the foam pad will depend on the intensity your daily foot activity. 
  • Use the pad(s) (every day) in all your footwear, including slippers. Of course some footwear will not be appropriate for insoles - but you must realize the importance of using the pad as often as possible to maximize the benefits!
  • The foam pad will prevent the 2nd metatarsal from contacting the ground before the 1st metatarsal; thereby correcting the hyperpronation and foot wobble that is caused by the Morton's Foot Structure.
  • It should NOT be placed anywhere else on the insole, and should not be placed directly on the skin. 

Once the hyperpronation problem is remedied via these inexpensive pads, the associated trigger points can then be effectively treated. Related symptoms should diminish and muscle performance will significantly improve!

If you are suffering from pain in the feet, Achilles tendon, legs, hips, TFL, IT band or gluteus muscles and itís not getting better, you may have Mortonís foot structure. Find a knowledgeable* Trigger Point therapist/bodyworker to help you with this condition and to assess your possible trigger points that may have resulted from it.

 * someone who employs Trigger Point therapy (as their primary treatment protocol) on a daily basis, and has extensively studied the Travell & Simons manuals.


 

We offer 1-day and 5-day Trigger Point C.E. workshops that address Morton's Foot Structure and related issues.

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