Ball of the Foot Pain
Second Toe Longer Than Big Toe Pain [Causes & Best Treatment]
Second Toe Longer Than Big Toe: Top causes are #1) Metatarsalgia #2) Capsulitis, #3) Plantar plate injury #4) 2nd Metatarsal Stress Fractures: Learn how to FIX IT NOW!
- Metatarsalgia: which means generalized foot pain without a specific cause.
- Second toe capsulitis: this is the inflammation of the second toe joint capsule.
- Capsulitis is related to hammertoe formation, and can lead to a plantar plate tear. There is some overlap between these three disorders. As they get worse tearing and ligament damage can occur.
- Morton’s neuroma: this is the damage and inflammation to the nerves between and underneath the metatarsal joints.
- Fat pad atrophy of the ball of the foot: this is the loss of cushioning in the ball the foot.
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Second Toe Longer Than Big Toe:
- This is known as the “Greek” Foot Type.
- A longer big toe is known as the “Egyptian” foot type.
- In most cases the toe length is not the problem, but the joint positioning.
- It the second toe joint is further ahead than the big toe joint, this may lead to chronic foot pain.
- This is a condition called Morton’s toe or Morton’s syndrome.
- This is when the big toe bears less pressure due to a slightly shorter length.
- This will eventually cause metatarsalgia foot pain.
- Metatarsalgia is related to 2nd toe capsulitis, 2nd toe plantar plate injury and even a stress fracture!
Second Toe Longer Than Big Toe Symptoms:
- This will lead to a more flat foot.
- A flat foot occurs because the foot turns out more to be able to push off with the big toe.
- This leads to hyper mobility of the 1st metatarsal.
- This can lead to bunion formation.
- This is also also leads to knee, hip and back pain.
- Your knee and hip will bend slightly more.
- This can lead to eventual back pain.
Second Toe Bigger Than Big Toe Causes:
- This is most likely genetic.
- The #1 most common cause is a bunion.
- This is less pressure onto the big toe joint and now more pressure onto the 2nd toe.
- It can also due to a condition called brachymetatarsia.
- This simply means a shorter developed toe.
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Middle Toe Bigger Than Big Toe Imaging:
- The 1st metatarsal should be between 2mm longer or 2mm shorter than the 2nd metatarsal.
- If it is longer, this can lead to lack of big toe joint motion.
- This will lead to hallux rigidus.
- If it is shorter than 2mm, this is morton’s toe.
- This will lead to eventual metatarsalgia pain.
Big Toe Shorter Than Second Toe Treatment:
- Conservative treatment is very effective for a second toe longer than the big toe.
- The goal is to control the hyypermobile 1st metatarsal.
- This is done through over the counter orthotics with a lift for the 1st metatarsal.
- This helps the 1st metatarsal contact the ground easier, preventing outward rotation of the foot.
- This lift is up to 1/4″ of an inch.
- Studies show this alone is extremely effective in relieving the pain within a few weeks.
Second Toe Longer Than Big Toe Surgery:
- This is usually not needed unless conservative treatment has failed.
- This is a quick procedure that shortens the 2nd metatarsal.
- 1 screw is then used to fixate the bone.
- If there is a hammer toe present, hammer toe correction is achieved as well.
- This surgery is usually done if there are other foot problems as well.
- These include hammer, claw or mallet toes.
Second Toe Longer Than Big Toe Meaning and Myths:
Some Second Toe Longer Than Big Toe Meaning and Myths include:
- AKA Royal Toe.
- AKA Lamay’s Toe.
- It is genetic, called the “Greek foot type”.
- The genetic long 1st toe is called the “Egyptian” foot type.
- Some say it signifies increased intelligence.
Ball of the Foot Pain Treatment Infographic:
Ball of the Foot Home Treatment:
- Consider taping, orthotics and great shoes as a combination to fix your foot problem.
- Products are not always necessary to fix your problem.
- The key is correcting the biomechanics that are leading to forefoot overload. Foot overload means too much pressure in the ball of the foot.
- Generally something called ankle joint equinus can lead to a too much pressure in the ball of your foot. This means your ankle is not flexible enough to move up and down.
- Ball of the foot pain treatment consists of two phases, first is control inflammation, next is to control bio-mechanics.
Remove Control Inflammation:
Massage & Ice Products:
- The metal ball is one of my personal favorites.
- This works great for your arch, less for the ball of the foot.
- These can help relax the arch or heel ligaments, leading to less pressure in the ball of the foot.
- Pills, creams and ice will never completely fix your problem alone. What they will do is reduce the pressure on the area.
Menthol Based Gels:
- Biofreeze is one of our favorites.
- These gels have been studied to work 2x as long as ice.
- This works great for the ball of the foot.
- Consider using these as options when resting on the couch or going to sleep at night.
- These can work great for loosening your muscles.
- This is means for your hamstring and calf muscles. This can loosen the ankle tightness putting pressure on the ball of your foot.
- This allows less tightness and pressure on the ball of your foot.
Ball of the Foot Stress Relief.
- The key is to prevent future pain.
- If you can get rid of the pain and swelling, this will let you start walking normally.
- If you can walk normally, the vast majority of your pain should gradually start to go away.
- This means proper cushion, proper stability and pressure relief from the front of your foot.
- This will relieve pressure from your big toe, your 2nd toe, your Morton’s neuroma, your plantar plate, hammer toes and joint capsules.
Best Metatarsalgia Shoes:
- Getting a great supportive pair of shoes will make sure that there is pressure removed from the ball of your foot.
- This is especially important if you have a metatarsalgia, a Morton’s neuroma, 2nd metatarsal overload syndrome and capsulitis!
- Consider shoes combined with a good supportive orthotic for best pain relief!
- The following link will show you what our favorites are.
Best Ball of the Foot Insoles:
- These are our recommended orthotics & insoles.
- There are different types for different shoes.
- Women’s shoes usually need a less bulky orthotic, but allow for less correction.
- A full length orthotic requires a running shoe, boot or comfortable walking/dress shoe.
Best Full Length Orthotics:
- Full length orthotics are the most recommended type for ball of the foot pain.
- Be aware that if they are too uncomfortable, it might be worth starting with a less corrective pair.
- Eventually you can then work your way up to these.
Best Dress Shoe Orthotics:
- These are a stronger option for shoes with tight dress shoes.
- Just be aware that less corrective orthotics & tight shoes are usually not a good combination.
Best 3/4 Length Orthotics:
- These may be a good option for ball of the foot if the full length orthotics are too tight or too uncomfortable.
Get A Great Dynamic Stretch:
- It is possible to stretch on your own, but these products can also really help!
- Personally I have the stationary block set up in my kitchen to stretch every day multiple times while getting my coffee!
- This will take pressure off of the ball of your foot.
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