Oftentimes when people have a structural deformity in their first metatarsal, which is the major weight-bearing joint in the foot, they put more pressure on a long second metatarsal, causing a deformity called Morton's Toe. This is a condition that affects the forefoot and is often missed. Dr. Craig Thomajan from Austin Foot and Ankle Specialists often see patients who come in complaining of pain in the ball of their foot. This pain is often caused by the overloading of that second metatarsal joint leading to tendonitis and capsulitis.
Dr. Thomajan determines this diagnosis through a very simple x-ray that allows them to see not only the structural deformity at the first metatarsal, but also showing the long pattern on the second metatarsal.
The good news is that this is a condition that is very easily and conservatively treated with orthotics, paddings, strappings, shoe modifications, and most importantly, patient education to help you understand what’s going on and how it can be fixed.
If you’ve had lingering pain in the ball of your foot that doesn’t seem to respond well to your own conservative therapies, we’d love to help. Contact the specialists at Austin Foot and Ankle to take your first step towards recovery.