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Comfortable, Stylish Shoes for Morton’s Neuroma [9 shoes]
See the slideshow at the bottom of this page which will be helpful to know whether the pain, burning and discomfort in your forefoot is, in fact, a Morton’s Neuroma.
I recall experiencing a bout of Morton’s Neuroma when my Rheumatoid Arthritis was active and my shoes were too tight in the forefoot. It felt like a was stepping on a stone every time I went for a walk; with a burning discomfort located between my third and fourth toe. It was never that serious and resolved by switching to footwear with a wide toe box and good arch support to take pressure off the forefoot. But I know folks who have suffered with this condition to no avail and have actually turned to surgery to remove the neuroma. And of course, custom orthotics may be in order by your podiatrist or orthopedic, but what about footwear? Are there shoe brands that make room for the toes to spread while providing adequate cushioning and support from heel to arch to toes (and don’t look overly orthopedic)?
This is what I’d recommend, but I’m always open to hearing from you, dear readers!
1. KLOGS. Don’t let the brand name and logo turn you off (as cloddy as it sounds), their styles are updated and fresh while maintaining tried and true comfort and support. With high and wide toe boxes, removable contoured footbeds and shock-absorbing and slip-resistant outsoles, your neuroma should quiet down to a dull roar (some styles are available in wide widths). And if a clog style isn’t your thing, the brand recently released a fashion sneaker called the Moro (pictured above). Check out all their styles at Zappos, Amazon, The Walking Company, and KlogsFootwear.com.
2 Fitflop footwear: When’s the last time you took a look at Fitflop? They’re so much more than sandals now! Women with morton’s neuroma may benefit from the soft cushioning, shock-absorption and moderate arch support that many Fitflop shoes offer. Look for Fitflop styles featuring either the original patent-pending Microwobbleboard™ or Supercomff™ footbed–both offer multi-density cushioning with ergonomic contouring (arch support). Fitflop’s newest stretchy Überknit upper will benefit big toes that have developed a bone spur due to hallux rigidus (also a great fabric for bunions and hammertoes). Find Fitflop footwear at Fitflop.com, Zappos, Nordstrom, and Amazon.
3. Kalso Earth Shoes: Earth brands split into three different sub-companies a few years ago: Kalso Earth Shoes, Earth and Earthies. I’m recommending the original Kalso Earth shoes for Morton’s Neuroma due gentle sole incline that sets the heel slightly lower than the toes–this reduces pressure on the ball of foot when walking. The toe boxes are roomy and arch support is excellent. Find Kalso Earth shoes at EarthBrands.com, Amazon and 6pm. Styles featured above: Peace (left), Proser (upper right), Solar (lower right).
3. Ziera used to be Kumfs. Aren’t you glad they switched names? I only wish they weren’t so hard to find in the US (they’re a New Zealand company). Two podiatrists founded the company 6o years ago with a philosophy that “the last comes first.” The last is the mold around which the footwear is formed. Ziera custom designs their lasts for maximum comfort and good fit. Using top-grade leathers, strong steel shanks, underfoot cushioning and support, and removable insoles to accommodate orthotics, Ziera creates footwear that not only looks good, but feels good on aching feet. Ziera footwear is available in the US at LuckyFeetShoes.com and The Walking Company. I’ve featured three styles from their collection (one heel, if you must!): the Paris slingback, Dimity sandal and Rascal mary jane.
4. Arcopedico: Made in Portugal, Arcopedico footwear features soft and stretchy uppers combined with moderate support and cushioned insoles. Some styles even feature a rocker sole that will take pressure off the forefoot. Available at Zappos and FootwearEtc.com. Find special deals at Amazon.
Do you have a favorite shoe that has helped alleviate the discomfort from Morton’s Neuroma? I posed this question to readers on my Facebook page. Here’s a list of recommended brands:
- Rachel recommends MBT footwear.
- Nanci recommends ABEO walking shoes and sandals from The Walking Company.
- Lorraine says, “Give up any height of heel!” She recommends Clark’s and Aravon.
- Amanda depends on Birkenstock (try the ones with soft footbeds).
- Mary wears Crocs Blitzens indoors and highly recommends Superfeet insoles as suggested by her podiatrist.
- I’d like to add that OTZ shoes are fabulous shoes for indoors and light wear outdoors. They have a similar cork footbed to Birkenstock and a soft linen, canvas or leather upper.