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Published on April 30th, 2021 | by Kirsten Borrink

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Comfortable, Stylish Shoes for Morton’s Neuroma [9 shoes]

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 itself 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)? Yes and yes! Here is a collection of brands, styles and insoles that were recommended by Facebook followers of BarkingDogShoes.com (you can refer to the discussion here).

Best fitness shoes for Morton’s Neuroma:

Hoka One One Bondi 6

Hoka One One Bondi 6

Hoka One One shoes (particularly the Bondi style):

The Hoka Bondi collection is considered a maximum-cushioning running shoe (pretty obvious from the photo) and receives the APMA (American Podiatric Medical Association) seal of acceptance. Hoka describes their meta-rocker sole as “wheels for the feet,” as it propels the foot forward through the stride taking pressure off the forefoot, which is welcome relief for neuroma and hallux rigidus sufferers. While the arch support is moderate, you can always add your favorite insole with metatarsal support. The thick EVA midsole absorbs shock to feet and knees, doubling as a running and walking shoe.

An anonymous Zappos customer recommends the Hoka Bondi:

I have a neuroma and achilles issues with my left foot. So, I am Ms Fussy Feet. These shoes have been great so far. They have an ample toe box, which I need for the neuroma, and good support/padding for my achilles area. The sole cushioning is fantastic.

Find the Hoka One Bondi in sizes 5-12, medium and wide widths for $149.95 from Zappos, and HokaOneOne.com.

Altra Torin 4

Altra Torin 4

Altra is known for its foot-shape toe box that allows toes to move freely about. Take it from me, this is the roomiest toe box you’ll find in a fitness shoe, yet the heel fits snugly. Altra footwear also features a zero-drop platform that places the heel and forefoot at the same distance from the ground, which may provide relief from forefoot discomfort. The Torin 4 is lightweight and breathable with moderate arch support.

Altra customer Kristen says this about her Torins:

The Torin 4 shoes are very comfortable on my wide flat feet. Due to wearing narrow shoes I have Morton’s neuroma on one foot. These shoes have eased my nerve pain. Can’t wait to get back to running without shooting nerve pain!!! Been wearing these during my 12 hour shift and i feel great at the end.

Find the Altra Torin in sizes 5-12 for $107-120 from AltraRunning.com, and Zappos.

Other recommended fitness shoe brands for neuroma: Ryka (made for women’s feet with wider forefoot and narrow heel), Abeo fitness shoes with metatarsal insole.

Best Casual Shoes:

Naot Terehu

Naot Terehu

Naot is an Israeli brand that incorporates supportive cork and latex footbeds into even their most stylish shoes, sandals and boots! Even better, many styles feature removable footbeds to accommodate your own orthotic.

The Terehu style works well for this Zappos customer with Morton’s neuroma:

Finally a shoe I can wear! With plantar fasciitis and Morton’s neuroma, it’s difficult to find shoes that have enough support or have room for my own orthotic. This one does the trick. The toe box is nice and wide, making Mr. Morton very happy. 

Find the Naot Terehu in euro sizes 35-43 (4-12) for $189.95 from Zappos.

Naot Kata

The Naot Kata is a super smart style. The open sides allow feet to breathe in warmer weather while the closed toe and heel keep a full-length orthotic in place. Brilliant.

Zappos customer Mandy says this:

I am so happy with these shoes! I have Morton’s Neuroma, so I need shoes with a wide toe box and I wear custom orthotics. Mine fit in perfectly and the shoes are so comfortable. They’re very stylish and go with a variety of outfits. There was no breaking in period.

Dansko Franny

Dansko Franny

The Naot Kata is available in euro sizes 35-43 (4-12) for $160-185 from Zappos, Amazon, and The Walking Company.

If you’re looking for a classic closed-toe shoe for work, consider the Dansko Franny. It’s a no-frills slip-on with a great fit and feel. While Dansko clogs provide excellent arch support and a rocker sole, there can be a tendency to roll an ankle since the fit is loose at the heel. The Franny won’t do that!

Dansko Franny in navy

The toe box is generous, yet doesn’t look clown-like. The footbed, while supportive on its own, Is removable to accommodate your own orthotic.

We noted quite a few reviews mentioning the good fit at the heel–cushioned with no slippage. A hook and loop strap ensures a good fit at the instep.

Find the Dansko Franny in euro sizes 36-42 (5.5-12), medium and wide widths for $134.95 from Zappos, and Dansko.com.

See Donna’s review of four more stylish shoes for Morton’s neuroma!

 


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96 Responses to Comfortable, Stylish Shoes for Morton’s Neuroma [9 shoes]

  1. Caen says:

    Thank you for doing an article for neuroma sufferers! I’d really like to know if anyone can recommend a dress shoe with a slight heel… Sometimes you just HAVE to wear a heel…can’t wear flats to a wedding! 🙂

  2. Kirsten says:

    How about a low, dressy wedge like this one by Trotters?http://www.zappos.com/trotters-lauren-light-grey-3d-patent-suede-leather

  3. Lisa says:

    Check out the Hotter brand from Great Britain. Their catalog includes both adorable heels and flats in a variety of widths. I have a pair of their Rumba heels that I can usually wear at least a half-day at work. I’m a teacher, so I’m constantly on my feet. I’d definitely give the Hotter brand a look.

  4. Nellie Andrews says:

    Thanks for sharing this informative article about Morton’s Neuroma. I think choosing a perfect fit shoe may be helpful to overcome the disease.

  5. Samantha says:

    I’m having problems finding cute shoes that match my casual style, and that are good for Morton’s neuroma. I’m only 27 (and on my feet constantly as a SAHM of 2 little girls), and I have worn Chuck’s for the past ten years. And let’s face it, those are horrible for your feet. I also need to find cute flats and sandals so I can get rid of the ones I have that I really *shouldn’t* be wearing. I also just don’t like clunky shoes. :/
    Thanks for any addition suggestions you might have! 🙂

  6. Samantha says:

    Some of the brands I have on my zappos wish list are Earthies (bindi or Bella I can’t decide…)Ahnu good karma, and Cobb Hill Ireland sandals. Are those decent choices for MN?

  7. Rebecca says:

    Thanks so much for this post. I have been searching for 15 years trying to find shoes that don’t hurt my MN. I like Saucony brand running shoes, specifically the Guide. I have also found some Ahnu flats very comfortable. I wear Crocs sandals to the pool and beach. They no longer make my style, however the Coretta and Meleen look very similar. I will check out your suggestions!

  8. Patricia Spears says:

    I bought Ecco BIOM Train to wear on a 3 week trip to Greece this Sept. They were fantastic! Light, lots of arch support and no pressure on MN site. But I need same shoe for winter. What do you suggest? I also need wide toe box. Thank you for this blog.

  9. Shena says:

    Thanks so much for all your info.

    I have three neuromas! Also have custom orthotics, full and 3/4. I live in So. California where you can need sandals most anytime. Many of the sandals I’ve found are too wide, especially for my narrow heel, and medium but close to narrow feet. Any suggestions? (I realize it not sandal season.)

    Thanks! I’ve learned so much from you!!

  10. Janet says:

    I’ve had Morton’s Neuroma in both feet. First of all, I’ve had a lot of luck using Correcttoes (https://nwfootankle.com/correct-toes) which work like teeth braces for your feet, but are very comfortable.

    Secondly, I never really wore high heels, so a lot of the advice for me missed the mark

    And three, I’d like a search tag for shoes that seem to have a heel (so not flats) but where the angle of rise is low for the actual foot. I’ve had a lot of luck with this kind of shoe.

    Four–I love this blog!

  11. Dawn says:

    The only sandals I wear with MN (as a 48 yr old who works on her feet) are Merrells. They are stylish, not super expensive & most importantly, comfy! Use the link to read about the Qform, which is why I wear them!
    http://www.footsmart.com/Merrell-features

  12. Donna says:

    try fit flops. Amazing for Mortons neuroma and came highly recommended by my podiatrist. A lot of really cute styles for sanders, boots and mules. Hope this was helpful. This is all I’ve been wearing. Trying to avoid surgery.

  13. Ann says:

    I have a narrow foot or at least a narrow heel. I have always purchased a narrow shoe to keep it on my foot, however, this has led to the scrunching of toes – especially in high heels. I also recommend Clarks and Aravons as they come in narrow sizes. For walking I wear a high end Asics gel shoe which has a narrow heel and a bit wider toe box. Starting to think that most women with MN have narrow feet/heels and had to squeeze in to narrow shoes.

  14. Valerie says:

    I got a pair of Ziera Swallows in Black from the Shoe Mill in Portland, OR. I was not looking for such an expensive shoe, but they felt so good on my feet, I nearly cried. I’ve just got another pair (tip: if you have a medium-width foot, their equivalent is wide). I would have never found them, let alone gotten the right fit, if I hadn’t gone to a store with a knowledgeable saleswoman (Danielle). A year later, they didn’t have another pair in my size, so I searched quite a while to find an online store who claimed they did (Lucky Feet). They ended up ordering them from New Zealand, but I was happy to get them at all. They are flats, but sleek. They are great for winter, and with tights, can be worn with skirts.

  15. Charlotte says:

    Hi, can anyone recommend a style of athletic/walking shoes that is not obnoxious rainbow or neon colors? Something cute but conservative–I am 52. I am battling morton’s in one foot, but also have had plantar fascitis in the past so it’s good arch support I need too. Thanks!

  16. cathy says:

    Do kenkoh shoes work for MN?

  17. Debbie Miller says:

    Has anyone tries OESH?

  18. Charly says:

    Try Altra Provision 2.0 and Torin 2.0

    I am running half marathons with these and they work really well. Zero drop and extra wide toe box.

  19. Janice says:

    I developed MN in my left foot and my ortho wrote me a prescription for a 3/8″ metatarsal bar to be attached to any pair of shoes I own or want to buy. I’ve had this done for every pair of shoes I have and am now pain-free. And no it doesn’t look “orthopedic.” 🙂 You can’t even tell they are on there. You just need to make sure the outsole is not completely flat, in which case I insert a leather insole with a slight arch support inside the shoe instead (like with my house slippers). I mostly wear Dansko clogs, running shoes, and 2-3″ heels. I even had one inserted on my left hiking boot. I thought I would never run again after I developed my MN, but I’m back to my 3-4 miles a day once I had a met bar placed on my running shoe.

    My cobbler uses met bars that are gray, black, and beige, depending on the color of the shoe’s sole. My ortho told me he has been Rx-ing this treatment for his MN patients for a couple of decades. Great way to avoid surgery, very inexpensive, and you are pain-free the minute you put your shoe on. You can also continue to wear the shoes you already own!

  20. Kirsten says:

    This is so helpful, Janice. Would you mind if I passed your comment on to my friend who is doing writing for my blog and is looking for information on MN?

  21. Janice says:

    Please do! 🙂 My ortho told me to take my left shoes to a cobbler! I thought it would be a big expensive orthotist type of treatment, but it wasn’t. I first took in my most used Dansko clog to try it out, and it was amazing the difference it made. This is nothing like having a support inside your shoe – the bar is placed on the bottom of the shoe so the entire foot is stable and the MN protected at the esame time. My ortho put surgical tape across the sole of my Dansko so the cobbler would know where to attach it. It places the force during gait further back on the metatarsal bones so the pressure is relieved over the forward neuroma area.

    He recommended 3/8″ for me but if you take your most used or favorite shoes to your orthopaedist, (s)he can fit you for a bar with an Rx. The cobbler charged me 20$ for each bar he placed. I’m in San Francisco, which is pretty expensive here, so other places may be even less costly But honestly this has to be the cheapest medical fix I’ve ever had done for something that is a lifelong problem and can interfere so seriously with ADLs.

    I became frightened when I started reading about MN, I figured my life as I knew it would be over 🙂 but not a chance. I was up at Yosemite over the 3-day weekend and we took the day hikes up to the falls and Mirror Lake and I had no trouble at all with my hiking boots (left one has met bar on it).

    Good luck! Also, if somebody is writing about MN, perhaps you could link the blog here? I would love to read about it. I’m thankful I have an orthopaedist who is very conservative and wasn’t about to jump into surgery. 🙂

    If you Google metatarsal bar and look at the Images, you’ll see exactly how it’s done. They can do it on all sorts of shoes.

  22. Jessica says:

    I tried oesh and I wouldn’t recommend them. They seem comfortable around the house, but as soon as I wore them out for some light walking errands, my MN was killing me!

  23. Charles Watkins says:

    either I am too stupid, or you just carry no shoes for men that have pain in the balls of the feet after 3 foot surgery’s.

  24. Dee says:

    I order these thin, inexpensive insoles from Foot Smart for all my shoes and it takes care of the pain from my Morton’s Neuroma, better than the more expensive insoles my dr. recommended which had a larger, harder bump in the middle which was uncomfortable.
    http://www.footsmart.com/P-FootSmart-Leather-Arch-Full-Length-Insoles-Pair-10938.aspx

  25. Shelly Smith says:

    I too was have been diagnosed neuroma in both feet. I have been through cortisone shots, herbal shots, sclerotherapy treatments (yes, more shots) and now I am in physical therapy where I am getting “needling” done. I have tried several different types of shoes, insoles and the spreading the toes devices…I told my doctor and friends that I would try everything and anything before I have to go under the knife…any other suggestions? or advice? Thank you.

  26. Jude says:

    Kirsten, you are an angel for hosting this site! For all of us gals with issues. 😉
    Thank you! <3

  27. Becky says:

    I found this blog checking for sites that may be able to help me find shoes to fit me and help with my MN.
    I am 60 years old, have always had small feet which has been a nightmare in and of itself. I wear an adult size 4 or children’s 2. Right now, the only shoe I can comfortably wear with my orthodic support is a Children’s size 2 or 2.5 New Balance sneaker. Oh, and I also have an extra wide foot and high arch. There is nothing out there because shoe companies refuse to make a size 4 with an extra wide width. Children’s shoes have little or no sole’s with pads, arch support or any type of foot support, are narrow (except for the rare ones I’m wearing) and can only be found in pinks, purples, glitter and pictures of Barbie or Frozen on them. Please, please help me!! I refuse to having to wear children’s trainers for the rest of my life!

  28. JUNE LEWANDOWSKI says:

    I NEED A WIDE SHOE WITH A BOX TYPE TOE. MY DOCTOR TOLD ME TO LOOK ON THE NET. I HAVE CORNS (?) ON ONE FOOT FROM PRESSURE OF BIG TOE AGAINST THE NEXT TOE. HAD TO HAVE MINOR SURGERY LAST WEEK BUT HE SAID IT WILL COME BACK UNLESS I GET A LARGER “BOX” TOE SHOE FIT. CAN YOU HELP ME? I AM 84 YEARS YOUNG & DON’T DO MUCH WALKING ANYMORE BUT I WOULD LIKE TO.

  29. Karen says:

    My podiatrist told me never to wear flip flops of any kind (and I have 4 pairs of Fit Flops) ever again. They are so bad for your feet. He said I need to wear sandals with a sling back or a full shoe, but never a slide or flip flop. I had two neuromas in my right foot and had them removed in March 2016. After he told me no flip flops, of course I had to wear them, but I took note of how my foot felt and it was way worse then when I wore sandals with a sling back, so I stopped wearing the flip flops. He was right 🙂

  30. Miriam says:

    I have MN in right foot and I broke my left foot in November simply by rolling my ankle while walking. I am terrified of doing it again (I roll my feet a lot), so I need a really supportive shoe with a wide toe box. Don’t really want a heel. I have tried on Danskos and birkenstocks, but I can’t find a good fit. Either too small or too wide. All I can comfortably wear right now is an old beat up pair of new balance sneakers (I bought a new pair but they aggravate the MN). Not really suitable for work or this hot weather. Any suggestions? I am at my wits end.

  31. REbecca Paull says:

    Hi Janice, I, too, live in SAn Francisco, and just developed what I believe to be a Morton’s Neuroma. Would you mind passing along the name of your Podiatrist?
    Also, what do you wear around the house?

    Thanks so much for your help,
    Rebecca

  32. Jennie Batsel says:

    I am on my feet a lot at work. I have a large bunion that has contributed to my MN so I definitely need a wide toe box. I’ve been wearing Alegria shoes at work for several years. Mostly the Paloma and Classic styles. I’m pain free unless I wear shoes that aggravate my feet. I wear Crocs around the house. For sandals Merrels work well. For tennis shoes Brooks Adrenaline are good. Recently the best shoe for work and walking is the Altra Olympus tennis shoe. Love them but they don’t hold up as long as others. I would purchase these from a clearance house due to the cost but shorter life.

  33. Ann Ericsson says:

    I have needed all your advice and suggestions. Thanks! I have very wide feet and high arches and MN in the R foot. The MN pain is increasing, and I have no one good pair of shoes for walking or for looking nice. In the house, I wear a pair of Dawgs, Z style, which work pretty well, but the sandals are not for walking or looking nice.

  34. Anne-Marie Freeman says:

    Haven’t seen Vionics mentioned. But those, Dansko and Allegria are great! I buy my Vionics mainly online at shoeme.ca. They have funky styles too.I really like the idea of the met bar. Going to investigate that too. Thanks so much for posting this – there is very little out there! 🙂

  35. Connie Dobson says:

    I just bought a pair of Vionics and so far, they are awesome! Going to investigate the met bar also.

  36. Julie says:

    I had surgery for a MN on my right foot 18months ago and although it was good for a while it’s more painful than ever now ! I’ve since spoken to a lot of people with the same result so I’d definately try to avoid surgery at all costs !

  37. Lori says:

    Cathy, the Kenkohs really helped me. I would recommend sandal with the strap in the back versus the flip flops. For awhile it was the only shoe that felt comfortable to me. They can take a while to adjust to (I suggest alternating them with other shoes thoughout the day if you can) but i really feel they helped massage/relive my neuroma. I have a pair in black but plan to buy another in brown. Not the prettiest shoes in town, but I was desperate to avoid surgery and relieve the pain.

  38. Bev Bianchino says:

    I too am looking for a black pump with the metatarsal bar inside….I know now that it is really important….I am starting ballroom dance lessons and need something feminine & with the bar……but for any other time I highly recommend Merrell shoes….I was told I would never wear sandals again….got lots in lots of colors….they are the best!
    Bev

  39. Bev Bianchino says:

    Hi Kristen….they are adorable…but do they have a metatarsal toe bar that runs across under the toes? Are they spacey for your toes?
    Thanks so much

  40. Clare says:

    Another one for vionic. And the wedge sandals have a metatarsal dome. No
    Pain at all with three neuromas.

  41. Brenda says:

    Like a lot of the people that have checked out your post (which is very helpful), I have my share (or, more than my share) of feet issues. My question is: what problem do you try to treat first? And then, how do you find a fairly attractive shoe that, of course, isn’t a sneaker – which is, of course, what we all really should be wearing!?

  42. Rhonda Krogstad says:

    Where do you find those shoes

  43. Bev B says:

    Hi Kristin….thank you for turning me
    On to these…I purchased the champagne color….I am getting married in them…so comfortable..!!!

  44. David Atherley says:

    15 months of this , I read a lot of negative stuff on mortans neuroma surgery, is it all true ? What kind of work boots are good for construction? I do fire protection on buildings, I would love some feed back and what boots are the best . I am seeing a doctor. I am trying all the foot soles he recommends , what elese can I do , plus will this ever go away , my feet need to preform to get my job done

  45. Maria says:

    I seem to manage fine in the summer here in the UK but when winter comes I’m finding it hard to get a comfortable pair of boots. I’m sick of wearing trainers. I would love some boots if anybody can recommend a pair?

  46. Charlotte says:

    I realize this is a year later but I think Dansko still might still make a sandal with velcro, so that’s perfect for your narrow foot. I love mine, I have 2 pair and they sell them (or did) at Comfort Shoe Loft in Mission Viejo. Dansko has a lot of open toe cute shoes that have a 1 or 2″ high but are still relatively flat.

  47. Carrie Kohlmeyer says:

    Hi Janice,

    I’m also in the Bay Area (Marin County) and would love the name of your podiatrist/orthopedist! Can you pass that along??? Would really appreciate it!

    Thanks,
    Carrie

  48. May Myer says:

    Thank you so much for hosting this site. I have MN of the right foot and am recovering from plantar fasciitis of both feet. My Dr did a steroid injection for the MN and it has helped calm the terrible pain. I still cannot push pressure on the front of my foot. She has given me a great deal of information and did say surgery is not always the best solution and it that it can create other problems. She positioned a felt pad on my Super Feet insert, but the pad was too thick and caused pain. I bought a pair of gel plantar fasciitis inserts for under ten dollars and they provided nearly immediate relief for the fasciitis and MN. The gel is cushy and the PF inserts do not extend to the toe area. I have hammer toes and the gel front part of the insert provides elevation of the toes. I wear the gel inserts at home, and the Super Feet inserts in sneaks when I go out. Thanks everybody for suggesting brands of shoes.

  49. May Myer says:

    I had to wear flats to a wedding and was surprised to see women of all ages who wore heels to the ceremony then brought flats for dancing to the reception! I have noticed it is becoming more common to see women of all ages choosing comfort and style over torturous heels.

  50. Nancy says:

    NAOT – their sandals work best for me – and I have MN on both feet

  51. Christine Starr says:

    Yes, I completely agree with Charly. Altra shoes have a zero heel so your foot is totally level, not on a heel like most athletic shoes. I got mine recently from Zappos.com. I got the Altra Olympus 2. I put my own insert in them though, a SOLE insert from REI and they feel great!

  52. Christine Starr says:

    so the bar goes on the outside of the shoe?

  53. Christine Starr says:

    Janice, does the bar goes on the outside of the shoe?

  54. Martha S. Clark says:

    I have Morton’s Neuroma as well as old, very skinny feet with a very high arch. All shoes hurt my feet, but the Vionics work the best for me. They have some they are trying to be cute.

  55. Rebecca says:

    Altra shoes are foot shaped so they have plenty of toe box room. You can find them on Amazon too. I also use Pedag inserts with metatarsal pad, also found on Amazon.

  56. Dev says:

    Dansko professionals are great for everyday wear. I also have several pairs of Sven clogs (custom order at Svensclogs.com). They make many attractive wooden heeled sandals, clogs, and boots.

  57. Wynne says:

    me too! I say I have duck feet, plus my right foot is bigger. which is one reason it has MN. I didn’t know I had MN til I fell on a ladder, smashed my toes, now have a crooked 3rd toe. I thought that was why it hurt so bad, but it finally got to the point I went to a foot dr. who diagnosed it. I got a steroid shot in it ($300 OOP visit) and now the top of my foot where the nerve is tingles. I have to be careful not to touch it. Only made me worse… A few weeks later my left foot started hurting too, but not nearly as severly, it’s different, more on the side. The only shoes I have found that give me relief are Taos Red WIllow Thelma. sandals. They have a 1 inch wedge heal, a TOE BAR that I think is what does the trick, the heel is recessed slightly and the back strap is cushioned. The whole insole is soft and cushy. Two adjustable straps. There is not a more perfect shoe for my foot. But I need a winter shoe that doesn’t have a narrow toe. I bought some Clark ankle boots but the right shoe is tight…. ugh

  58. Kristen says:

    Did the surgeries help your neuroma?

  59. Tanya says:

    Wow, it’s great to see all of this info., thank you everyone for sharing. Can anyone tell me how to treat Morton’s neuroma when hammer toes and metatarsalgia are also issues? I went to a podiatrist and the metatarsal pad he put right beneath the balls of my feet – not under the pads, but beneath them at the top of my arch – caused excruciating pain. Do you think a metatarsal bar would help even with those other issues present?
    If anyone knows of a really good podiatrist in or near Sonoma county (not one who is needle and surgery happy), could you please post the contact info? Thank you!

  60. Tanya says:

    I made met bars this morning out of an old pair of gel pads and already I can feel the difference. For me, it worked to have it tapered in width (from shoe to floor, not toe to heal) with the thinner edge on the outside of my foot. Maybe this is how store bought ones are made…? I’m still curious to hear more info from others with the three issues I have. Thanks!

  61. Ann Woodie says:

    I have Morton’s Neuroma. In fact I’ve had it for years. I went to a foot specialist and he diagnosed it and gave me cortisone shots. They didn’t work so I requested the vitamin NEURX which you can only get at the Dr’s office and it works. It takes about a month to get in your system and now I can push mow my yard and they tingle sometimes but it helps the real pain. I recommend this to anyone with Mortons Neuroma.

    Ann

  62. Colleen says:

    I have MN on both feet. Birkenstocks have been a life saver for me! Looking for some walking shoes. Thanks for all the suggestions.

  63. BarbM says:

    Wow! I’m so glad I found this site – all these comments and suggestions are very very helpful for me and my recent diagnosis of MN. From your comments I’ve made a long list of shoe brand names to check out and I also learned about the toe or metatarsal bar. So far the shoes that are reasonably comfortable for me (around the house) are my trusty Merrell clogs, Keen – both sandals and hiking boots, and my slip on Mephisto sandals. But now I am looking for a good walking shoe. Thanks for all the suggestions and information!

  64. Christine says:

    Right now I have three pairs of Ahnu shoes. One pair is Gracie and two pairs are Good Karma. Love them!!!!! Best walking shoes for work/dress.

  65. Kirsten Borrink says:

    Sadly, Ahnu has been absorbed by Teva and they only make hiking boots. I keep checking the site to see if the Karma and other favorites are being made…so far, no.

  66. Shanna says:

    Nike Metcon. They have many colors. They are a flat soled shoe used for weight lifting but have helped with my neuroma along with a wider to box

  67. Patty says:

    I wear Yellow Box flip flops. I have a neuroma in each foot. The Yellow Box have great arch support and are extremely comfortable. I love them, and mt podiatrist okayed them, as well.

  68. Pam says:

    I have two neuromas in each foot. I’ve been having several rounds of alcohol shots in both feet. I feel the right one is better, but not the left, which is the worse of the two feet. I have been wearing flip flops but now that it is getting colder I need to find some better shoes. Thanks for the info. Will definitely check with the Dr. regarding the bars.

  69. Michele says:

    I am still searching for shoes myself – thank you for all this information. For those looking for winter boots, I suggest the Bearpaw Demi with an insert. Lots of toe space and not a sneaker.

  70. Sue says:

    Hi, Can anyone help please. I have mortons neuromas between 2nd and 3rd and 3rd and 4th metatarsals I also wear custom made orthotics as I overpronate badly. I have seen many podiatrists,chiropractors without success. I find it very painful to walk and the way I walk causes sciatica. I a man also finding it difficult to find comfortable shoes and slippers. I would be very grateful for suggestions.

  71. Sandra L Sullivan says:

    Old post to add a new comment on but found it looking up other options for Morton’s Neuroma.

    Good news is most of the shoes mentioned are already in my view! Sketcher d’lites [I wear shoes as small as 7 but typically 7.5-8; Sketchers purchased a 9! Perfect fit]

    I just wanted to add the full Capezio ‘dance sock’ with heel and toe split is a perfect addition. Will fit with most sandals, any shoe not MN designed in mind – like a favorite shoe.

    My case of MN is rather fast. Started last August 2017 and now large swollen blister. Able to walk thanks to the dance sock. It separates the metatarsal nerve/bones enough to ease the pain.

    Dance socks may take some adjustment to wearing as it can cause bone fatigue early on [it’s pulling the large toe away from the rest opening the space]. I started at home 2-4hrs a day. Then up to 6hrs then all day without problems.

    Went a week without wearing it and the pain came back with a vengeance. [handy tip, if MN pain on one side, remember to turn the right sox inside out to fit on left. As mine is left that is what I do]

    Great thing about the dance sock is they start around 20$ online up to 30.
    Avg price is 25$. Go into a dance store! Talk about ladies that understand foot problems! They will help you find the right dance sock for you and the price was moderate for me at 24$!

  72. Sandra L Sullivan says:

    Many of the brands mentioned do carry men’s shoes! Ladies often suffer MN due to our choices of shoes and/or dance, or other medical issue as with me. [never was a dancer or heel wearer]

    I know this is a very late reply but still look up or go into a dance studio that sells dance gear including shoes. They have many options perfect for men and dancers understand foot pain better than most.

    There’s a product by Capezio you can purchase large enough to fit most men called the dance sock. I prefer the full sock [invisible in a shoe with or without a standard sock over it. Not bulky]
    The full sock has leather for the heel, separates the large toe from the rest – opening the metatarsal nerve/bone space; leather pads also ease any pain put on the ball of the foot. Cost under 30$. You get a pair of socks, I turn the other inside out making both ‘socks’ lefties!

    Best of luck!

  73. Amelia says:

    Hi everyone! Some recommendations from a fellow sufferer. I have neuritis, minimal fat pads on my foot, wide feet, and a narrow heel so I look for wider shoes with metatarsal support and a close fitting heel.
    1) Boots:
    -The new Dansko Frankie ankle boot. I love them so much, they look polished enough for me to wear at my smart casual office and also look great with jeans. I wore them for 10 days in Italy and was clocking 26,000 steps a day with no nerve pain.
    -The Keen Baby Bern calf high boots. Wide toe box, orthotic friendly and dressy enough that I wear them to work. I get compliments on them all the time.
    2) Pumps
    -The Naturalizer Halona pump. Sadly, Naturalizer seems to have stopped selling them, but I can find them on Amazon and other discount sites.
    -I figured out exactly what the maximum pitch I can handle is, which is 1 3/4 inch. This makes it easier to determine if a heeled shoe will work for me.
    -In the past, kitten heels under 2 inches were my jam, but I’ve had trouble finding them recently.
    3) Dressy and dancing shoes
    -I noticed recently that dancewear sites stock ballroom and character shoes that are wide and under 2 inches. Ballroom shoes often have sparkles and such on them, so they may be a good option for weddings and other formal events. I’m planning on ordering some.
    Right now, for dressy shoes, I wear fancy flats (suede, satin, velvet etc.) with either my dress orthotics or with a Dr. Scholl’s insert. I’m also looking at getting some shoe clips so I can dress up my black suede flats.

  74. Kirsten Borrink says:

    Sandra, this is brilliant advice. Can you link to the dance sock?

  75. Jasmin says:

    I have balls in both feet. My doctor recomended me to wear a shoes wedges with 1.5 to 2cm hills. Does yours doctors recomend you how hight will be heels?

  76. L says:

    I agree. I ordered the Elites to have a shoe dressier than sneakers, but knew I couldn’t wear the Elites at work – not cushy enough.
    I don’t have Morton’s neuroma, but ball of foot pain. They work for a couple hours here and there when going out, etc.
    I ordered the Oesh sneakers (La Vida and Lea) thinking they’d be cushiony enough for my job as a nurse, but they were not.

    Correct Toes and Altra Paradigm are what I wear and have given me relief. The zero drop sole allows me to put very little pressure on the balls of my feet.
    Even so, I have to buy new sneakers every 3 months. I wear Oofos slide sandals around the house. Walking barefoot on my hardwood floors is a no go for me now.

  77. L says:

    Google zero drop shoes. They have helped me a lot.

  78. Sylvia says:

    Interesting I have MN I found wellrox sandals with 5 inserts between the toes
    Toe toe socks as thick as possible and Altra shoes help as they have a wide deep toe box I also do. Feet stretches and when doing Pilates wear five toed Pilates socks when walking in swimming bath wear kenkoh flip flops

  79. Elizabeth says:

    I am also looking to find a good semi-dressy shoe for MN with a moderate heel so it doesn’t look too casual. No luck yet but I haven’t given up. My best recommendation for an athletic shoe is the MBT. It has a thicker rocker bottom so it relieves pressure on the met area of the foot where MN occurs. I have two neuromas on each foot (that’s four total) and I have rarely worn heals in my life. 53 y.o with a size 10.5. My podiatrist said that the fat pads on the bottom of my feet are thinning and they will never reverse that course. Runner 15-20 miles per week and the MBTs are the only shoes I can run in. I have been wearing them almost exclusively for running and for work but I am hoping to start a new job soon that will, unfortunately, require a dressier shoe. I had surgery on one neuroma to supposedly remove it but it came right back AND now I also have numbness in that area but full pain as well. I also had a steroid shot before surgery and that did not work. I have been looking at the Fit Flop line since they have a really thick, cushy sole that may resist over-flexing. For me, the flexing in the met area is a killer on my MNs. I do need a deep, cushy inner sole to absorb some pressure where the MN/met area would make contact. The met pads/bars help by forcing the remaining fat pad up and under the met area, and also by taking some of the pressure off of the met area. Met pads/bars added to a custom orthotic inserted into my MBTs is how i function on my feet. I have found that I need to avoid synthetic leather because it does not give or ease to the shape of your foot, and i need to get a shoe with a removable insole or I will be unable to put it on with both the non-removable insert and my orthotic. I highly recommend the MBTs but I also wish they had styles for women beyond the athletic line.

  80. Patricia Farber says:

    All this information is wonderful, I will use Zappos to try and find a few different pairs. MN is painful and like someone here said causes them sciatica. I wonder if that is what is causing mine. I where Hoka Bondi 5, has anyone tried that. My Podiatrist does not like them saying I might develop another problems from the.
    Any info on Hoka they are expensive and I still need a met pad. What is the difference between a neuroma pad and a metarasal pad. Thanks so much to everyone. I hope to get this figured out soon.

  81. Margaret says:

    Thank you….your post was most helpful. Did you find a dressier shoe??

  82. Margaret O says:

    Thank you….your post was most helpful. Did you find a dressier shoe??

  83. Danette says:

    Hoki Bondi 5 are the only shoe that I can walk/run in. Love them, but would like a dressy shoe also. What problem is your podiatrist worried about with Hoka? This is my 3rd year wearing them. Every spring I buy a new pair.

  84. Pamela Williams says:

    I agree. My Naot sandals are a life saver. I’m trying out the Dansko clog now for winter.

  85. Elizabeth says:

    I have not found an actual dressy shoe but my two best so far for casual-but-not-sneaker are a pair of Ugg clogs “Lynwood”. I was able to rip out the barely attached insole and insert my custom orthotic. I can’t emphasize enough the need to get a custom orthotic, not a superfeet or other over the counter insert. It just isn’t the same support. I also have a pair of Doc Marten’s “Cavendish” in men’s. The men’s shoes tend to be wider to accommodate an orthotic and to prevent any squeeze across the metatarsal area of the foot which would make the MN worse. Doc Marten’s take forever to break in but they do have a substantial sole to provide support. Zappos has been great – I have ordered and returned countless shoes until I found the two above pairs. They have free shipping both ways. The custom orthotic helps evenly distribute weight bearing across the entire bottom of the foot, not so much placed at the metatarsal area. Surprisingly, I also have a pair of older Clark’s flat sole boots with a gum sole that work well with orthotics and I can do at work. If you have multiple MNs, you are a likely candidate for fat pad deterioration – google it and the symptoms and compare with MN. The fat pad deterioration can cause the stress on the met area, with the MN symptoms. The MBT shoes are a life saver as a running shoe and everyday walking shoe around town. I have a pair of Hokas but they don’t give the rocker and cushioning that my feet need. I dread the coming of summer, it is so hard to find a sandal or open-ish shoe that will be comfortable or accept an orthotic. Good luck with your feet! This is very difficult to deal with!

  86. Jennie says:

    I have 5 Morton neuroma’s. 2 on 1 foot and 3 not he other. Had surgery on R foot and quickly returned. Had steroid injections on both feet and again almost no relief from day 1. Have bought every kind of orthotic from cheap to expensive and still suffer badly. I can only wear Sketcher thongs and they get me by most days as long as I don’t walk too much. I have had these for approximately 30 years and now chronic. I am going to Hawaii in October and would love shoes that will allow me to enjoy my holiday.
    My idea of a perfect shoe would be a purpose cut hole in the shoe around the ball of the foot. I have done this with things (flip flops) sorry I am Aussie, and this is perfect. No pressure at all. Only problem, if you are not walking on flat ground the stones can hurt when walking.
    I would love someone to patent a design with cut out ball of the foot for shoes that would still be comfortable to wear.
    I am getting desperate now so any help in this area would be appreciated.

  87. Phyllis says:

    Look up Natural Foot Gear on line. They have developed some very interesting and helpful items to help realign our feet and relieve all the various issues we have from neuromas, PF, hammertoes, etc. They also sell shoes that are specifically designed with wide toe boxes, zero drop toes, removable inserts, as well as metatarsil pads, and toe socks and Correct Toes (toe spacers).

    All the shoes I’ve seen so far on this site and others is that the toe boxes are still tapered, squeezing toes together which sets off the neuromas. Maybe Berkenstocks are one of the only other shoe brands that have wide toe boxes so our toes can splay naturally.

    We (those with foot issues) must start telling shoe designers and manufacturers that they really need to listen to us because our feet have been and continue to be ruined with “fashion” shoes, all for the sake of “style.” I’m done with that now as I’m headed for a wheelchair because of the pain after being on my feet for not too long a time, and I’m far too young for that (63). I don’t care what the shoes look like so much anymore, I must have comfy shoes (never had any). Listen up, shoe providers!

  88. Kelly says:

    I have a fairly large neuroma in my left foot and very flat feet. I also have very weak ankles that sprain very easily and have last much of their proprioception. I bought FitFlops and felt immediate relief BUT over a couple months of constant wear, the cushioning in the Fit Flops began to lose support and actually made my neuroma worse. I don’t recommend for constant wear.

    For slippers, I wear Orthofeet slippers. They are not sexy or attractive, but they are very supportive on hard wood floors.

    I’ve done pretty well putting Superfeet, Sofsole and Vionic arch supports in Xero minimalist shoes, but only if most of my walking is not on concrete or asphalt. I love the wide toes and zero drop sole, but they do not have sufficient cushion to work on days when I have to walk constantly for hours on concrete. However, for low walking days (<2 miles on concrete) they are okay.

    I tried the Duckfeet shearling lined lace up boots, but they were too shallow for my skinniest orthotics and they put a lot of pressure on my neuroma. I gave them away.

    Thanks to everybody for the above comments. Finding good shoes that meet my needs has been really hard and this comment board has been helpful!

  89. Michelle says:

    I have an neuroma between the big toe and the second toe I have nerve d damage after bunion surgery. At night I have to wedge something between my toes to stop the pain
    Day time I find skechers the most comfortable and also between the toe sandals with soft sole. I have orthotics they are ok but need sandals for the summer.
    I bought mephisto helen as they felt kore comfort than the ones two strap ones. The Dr said not to get the between the toe o e as there is more stress when I walk. Now I can’t decide…..help

  90. Lori says:

    Jennie,

    I was diagnosed with Morton’s Neuroma in both of my feet. The left foot was the one giving me the most trouble. I experienced swelling, burning, pins and needles and severe nerve pain. I had 3 rounds of steroid injections to no avail. I wound up on a knee scooter for 4 months because the pain was so bad I couldn’t walk. This caused another set of problems by putting my back out of alignment, which caused me additional pain. I researched the topic to no end. I finally came across a website called theangryorthopod.com. It was a godsend with all the information I found about Morton’s Neuroma from an orthopedic doctor. There were several comments from people regarding a treatment called Graston Technique. I found a local chiropractic who does it and I was back on my feet after the second treatment. My foot actually felt better after the first treatment but I was afraid to stop using the scooter. I only wish I had found out about the Graston Technique before I went through the pain of the steroid injections. The angry orthopod site will also talk a lot about stretching your calves and they show you the correct way to do it. This was also helpful, but you have to be consistent with it on a regular basis. Having Morton’s Neuroma is a horrible experience and I wouldn’t wish it on anyone. When I got back on my feet the muscles in my left leg had atrophied. It was like learning to walk all over again because my left side was so weak. I still walk like a penguin, but I know it will take time until I can build the strength back up in my leg. I wish you the best of luck. Let me know how you make out.

  91. Elizabeth Stansel says:

    I have been suffering with neuromas for over ten years. I actually went through the surgery to have them removed — both feet. Now one has grown back (which the doc said might happen) in my right foot.

    I have found fit flops to be super comfortable — and I am very thankful that they come in a variety of styles. I am going to try some of these other recommendations. THANK YOU FOR POSTING!!!

  92. Maria Belflower says:

    I have had plantar fasciitis in my left foot off and on since 2013. Over the course of several years, I had the cortisone injections, which worked at first, and by the time I received the 3rd one, it did no good. Then a friend told me to look up on you tube the video about how to tape up your foot, using KT tape for plantar fasciitis. Follow the directions and I promise you, you will never have to waste your money on cortisone shots again. Check it out. I did, and haven’t had foot pain since. The tape is a little pricey, but I purchased in bulk on amazon and tape with me when we travel, in case I have any issues. So far, I’ve been pain free.
    How this helps…..

  93. Misty Hunter says:

    OMG, you poor thing! I have not been diagnosed but I KNOW I have MN in both my feet. My left foot is the most painful. I wish I could find something to make me happy, but I can tell you, NO SKETCHER SHOE has ever done me any good, no matter how good it felt in the store. Oofos is the only thing that truely gives me relief. OOFOS LUXE THONG SANDAL AND FANTURE THONG SANDAL are very similar. I haven’t tried to OOfos slide, although I want to, but they’re a bit our of my price range, however you Can find some good deals, if you’re lucky on Poshmark.

  94. rita m Ryan says:

    Best shoes for Mortons is ” ABEO” has the bump built right in…Buy from the Walking Co.

  95. Janice Goldade says:

    I have MN on my left foot. I had surgery on it maybe 30 yrs ago and swore I would never let anyone operate on my feet again. After years of pain and searching, like so many on here, I found WOLKY Sandals. Specifically the Jewel Wolky Sandal. It has a removable foot bed for my custom orthotic. My custom orthotic is not thick enough to fill the space so I use a full length felt footbed to raise the orthotic up and I place a http://www.healthyfeetinsole.com under the felt pad.
    I have to say I use the gel foot bed in every shoe I own. It is the best device for MN. For me they work best under the footbed. Back to the Wolky Jewel sandal. This has been my go to shoe for years. It comes in many colours and is so adjustable for all foot sizes and makes walking enjoyable.

  96. Penny Richardson says:

    I have a Morton’s neuroma, and need a shoe with a good arch, good cushioning and wide toe box. My Brooks Ghost fits the bill, but I need a sneaker that doesn’t look so athletic like the Brooks does- multi purpose so that when traveling I can wear on a hike or into a pub for dinner. I usually do pretty good with Dansko, Born, and love my Birkenstock sandals. I have a narrower heel but need the wide toe box for sure. Would like for it to be lightweight and water resistant. Any suggestions?

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