To provide even greater transparency and choice, we are working on a number of other cookie-related enhancements. If your toes are always cold, one reason could be poor blood flow — a circulatory problem sometimes linked to smoking, high blood pressure, or heart disease. Raynaud’s disease can cause your toes to turn white, then bluish, and then redden again and return to their natural tone. The most common cause of heel pain is plantar fasciitis, inflammation where this long ligament attaches to the heel bone. Sometimes the first sign of a problem is a change in the way you walk — a wider gait or slight foot dragging. This is usually a temporary nuisance caused by standing too long  or a long flight — especially if you are pregnant. Gout is a notorious cause of sudden pain in the big toe joint, along with redness and swelling (seen here).
If you feel like you’re walking on a marble, or if pain burns in the ball of your foot and radiates to the toes, you may have Morton’s neuroma, a thickening of tissue around a nerve, usually between the third and fourth toes. Itchy, scaly skin may be athlete’s foot, a fungal infection that’s common in men between the ages of 20 and 40.
This foot deformity can be caused by shoes that are tight and pinch your toes or by a disease that damages nerves, such as diabetes, alcoholism, or other neurological disorder. A sudden, sharp pain in the foot is the hallmark of a muscle spasm or cramp, which can last many minutes. We associate skin cancer with the sun, so we’re not as likely to check our feet for unusual spots. Sometimes an injury to the nail or frequent exposure to petroleum-based solvents can create a concave, spoon-like shape.
Pitting, or punctured-looking depressions in the surface of the nail, is caused by a disruption in the growth of the nail at the nail plate. For our purposes, and to make it as easy as possible for you to understand, “Morton’s Toe” will mean having either one or both of two abnormal, inherited conditions of the first metatarsal bone of the foot  (see below). Its importance in causing pain throughout the body and was taught for over 50 years  by  Dr. Morton’s Toe, can be caused by one or both of two problems that can affect the first metatarsal bone. The photograph at the top of the page show a classic Morton’s Toe caused by a short first metatarsal bone. Another way to check to see if you have a short first metatarsal bone is to hold your first and second toes down.
Sometimes it is not necessary to draw a line on top of the foot because the relationship of the metatarsal heads can easily be seen.
Frequently, people with short first metatarsal bones will also have a “webbing” between their second and third toes. In a 1928 paper in the Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery, and in Chapter 23 of his book The Human Foot,  Dr. Hypermobility of the First Metatarsal Bone may not be as famous as its “partner in pain,” the short first metatarsal bone, but in Morton’s own words “is responsible for the widest range of foot problems”. Unlike the short first metatarsal bone, there is no simple reliable way that you can determine on your own if you have hypermobility of the first metatarsal bone. Morton  recognized that besides having either a short first metatarsal bone or hypermobility of that bone, there were many other actions, stresses, strains, and forces that affected the way your foot works and that can cause and contribute to foot problems. Morton’s Toe cannot only cause foot problems but as you will see, it can cause pains all over your body. The most common foot care problem causes by a Morton’s Toe is due to excessive pressure under the second metatarsal head cause by the short first metatarsal bone. For several years, many of the patients I was treating for their foot problems due to Morton’s Toe were repeatedly telling me how much better they were feeling in other places on their bodies. It was not until about the time I finished my certification to become a Diplomat of the American Academy of Pain Management that I realized what my patients had been trying to tell me for years; a Morton’s Toe could also cause chronic pain almost anywhere in the body! It is very possible that because you have a Morton’s Toe, you have been suffering for years with an undiagnosed Myofascial Pain Syndrome or Fibromyalgia. Normal Pronation is a series of motions the foot must have, so that it can absorb the shock of meeting the ground.
Over or Abnormal Pronation: As I stated above, this occurs when the foot is still pronating when it shouldn’t be. This compensation puts the bones, muscles, tendons, ligaments, and other structures under a tremendous amount of abnormal stress and strain not only of the foot but of the whole body.
It is this instability that that hinders proper weight bearing that starts the chain of events, thru compensation, that ends in you numerous aches and pains not only of your foot but also thru out your body.
Shortness and or hypermobility of the first metatarsal bone are a two-headed monster that decreases the ability of the first metatarsal to work properly.
A Morton’s Toe will result in a lack of proper stabilization of the foot when it is needed.
Most people who inherit the tendency to have foot problems don’t have these problems until they reach middle age. In the first half of the twentieth century, the most famous doctor in the United States, regarding problems of the human foot, was Dudley J. Besides his scientific publication, in 1924, he found the time to write and publish a delightful children’s book called “Grampa’s Toy Shop” This delightful, highly imaginary Christmas story shows how diverse and creative Dr. Between 1924 and 1928, Morton was on the faculty of the Yale University School of Medicine, where he was an assistant professor in the Department of Surgery. If the 1920s was Morton’s decade of writing scientific articles, the 1930 through 1950s was his era of writing books both for the medical community and the general public.
If The Human Foot made Morton famous in the medical profession, it was his 1939 book, Oh Doctor, My Feet! written for the average person, that made him a household name. Morton went on to say that then, as now, millions of dollars are spent annually on corrective shoes or other devices that are of questionable benefit in healing the foot.
The book was also written about in the New Yorker Magazine and was reviewed in dozens of newspapers across the country, from the New York Times to the Oakland Tribune. From 1928 on, Morton was an associate professor of anatomy, at the College of Physicians and Surgeons, Columbia University in New York.
Morton’s grandchildren Janice, Sandy and Chris, (who are now in their fifties and sixties,) have nothing but fond memories of their grandfather.
The basic, simple treatment for  Morton’s Toe  and most of the problems associated with it, such as back pain, knee pain, hip pain, fibromyalgia, arthritisand most foot pains, is with a pad that is applied to the bottom of your first metatarsal bone that we call the “Toe Pad.” It was first written about by Dr. A Morton’s Toe can cause excessive strain on the second metatarsal bone or other parts of your body and foot. The Toe Pad works by removing this strain, by acting as a platform on the bottom of the first metatarsal bone.
The Toe pad also acts as a platform in the treatment for hypermobility of the first metatarsal bone. A simple bunion is an abnormal bump of bone that is formed at the head of the first metatarsal bone. If a simple bunion bump is formed, there is a good chance Mother Nature will step in and produce a shock absorber that will protect the bunion bump. Hypermobilty at the first metatarsal bone is one of the two hallmarks of having a Morton’s Toe .
The single most common heel problem seen in this country is Plantar Fasciitis or Heel Pain Syndrome. Poststatic Dyskinesia in the feet  is most commonly caused by a Plantar Fasciitis or a Heel Bursitis. One  of the most common foot problems caused by   the Morton’s Toe,  are burning, aching and throbbing on the balls of the feet. It is not usual for these burning discomforts to start on the balls of the feet and then spread into the toes or up the legs.
As with many other problems caused by Toe, Long Second Toe, Flat Feet, burning, aches, and pains on the ball of the foot can be treated with the  simple little Toe Pad that can realign the whole front part of the foot and allow it to work properly. Shooting pains in the toes is most commonly caused by a neuroma  which is caused by the Morton’s Toe.
3.  Constriction of muscles, due to tight stockings or a bag strap put over your shoulder for too long a time. Myofascial Pain Syndrome can also be caused by leg length discrepancies (one leg shorter than the other), vitamin deficiencies, slow metabolism, low blood sugar, depression, anxiety infections, and sleep disorders. The bottom line is that pains of your back, thigh, knee, calf, leg, and (of course) your ankles and feet can be due to Myofascial Pain, which in turn can be caused by having a Morton’s Toe, or the “Dudley J. It is hard to believe that Janet Travell was eighty-nine years old when she made this videotape. Fibromyalgia is a chronic condition characterized by widespread pain in your muscles, ligaments and tendons, as well as fatigue and multiple tender points.  Some people refer to it as Chronic Fatigue or Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. Myofascial Pain Syndrome, and Fibromyalgia are very similar to one another. Both of them are painful problems that affect the muscles of the body and can make your life miserable.
If you have been diagnosed with Fibromyalgia you might want to slowly try the toe pad only for about one or two hours a day for a week.
I understand  and have great  empathy for those who suffer everyday with Fiborimalgia but please understand that the Toe Pad was not intended to cure Fibromyalgia.
There are different types of chronic back pain, including lower back pain and upper back pain. Throwing foot bones out of alignment and producing the characteristic bump at the joint's base, a bunion can be very painful due to pressure or arthritis and may also lead to corns. It is intended for general information purposes only and does not address individual circumstances. The cause may be the slow loss of normal sensation in your feet, brought on by peripheral nerve damage. It can also be caused by a vitamin B deficiency, athlete’s foot, chronic kidney disease, poor circulation in the legs and feet (peripheral arterial disease), or hypothyroidism. Diabetes can impair sensation in the feet, circulation, and normal wound healing, so even a blister can become a troublesome wound. Your toes will be bent upward as they extend from the ball of the foot, then downward from the middle joint, resembling a claw. However, a melanoma, the most dangerous form of skin cancer, can develop even in areas that are not regularly exposed to the sun. If part or all of a nail separates from the nail bed (shown here), it can appear white — and may be due to an injury, nail infection, or psoriasis. The first abnormal condition, and the most noted one, that can cause Morton’s Toe is where your first metatarsal bone is shorter than your second metatarsal bone. The second condition that can cause a Morton’s Toe is when your first metatarsal bone is not as stable as it should be, and as a result, has too much motion. Right behind the spot where the toes attach to the foot, you will see bumps pushing up from the top of your foot. If this is the case, you can see without difficulty that the second metatarsal head is farther down the top of the foot than the first metatarsal head.
They will have a flap of excess skin that sort of looks like a “bat wing” in between the second and third toes. Dudley Morton,   father of the Morton’s Toe writes about, hypermobility of the first metatarsal bone, the other problems associated with Morton’s Toe. But in a foot with hypermobility of the first metatarsal bone, there is an excessive amount of motion that takes place.


But because it is treated the same way as the short first metatarsal bone, with the  The Toe Pad.,  it is not that important for you to know for sure if you have hypermobility or not. They were happy because their feet were not only getting better, but also their backs, thighs, knees, legs and hips were also feeling better following my treatments. If you have either a short first metatarsal bone or the hypermobility of the first metatarsal bone, it can cause Myofascial Pain Syndrome, and can then cause many of the following aches, pains and conditions, not only of the feet, but also of the whole body.
This could be the real underlying cause of the aches and pains, all over your body, that no one, no medicine, or no thing, has been able to help. The most common reason for people to have foot problems is due to an abnormal amount of Pronation.  Morton’s Toe will cause you to have abnormal or over pronation. It must be able to do this, in order to adapt and adjust to the new walking surfaces it has just met. Once the foot has adapted to the ground the foot should stop pronating and should be starting to stabilizing itself or locking itself. It is this abnormal stress caused by the body attempting to compensate that is the start of most of our feet and body wide problems. It causes over pronation when walking and results in putting greater stress and strain not only on the foot but also on the whole body. This instability is the major reason the foot will abnormally pronate and cause most of the problems that I write about. .
When someone says that you look like your mom or dad, bear in mind that the resemblances can also extend to how your feet look and act. That is when these inherited traits start to take their toll due to the day-in, day-out trauma that has built up over the years.
Morton became a research associate at the American Museum of Natural History in New York, where he served as an anatomist. While at Yale, he published the two papers that would present, for the first time, what Morton’s Toe was. As always, he stated the two principal reasons for foot problems are the short first metatarsal bone and or the hypermobility of the first metatarsal bone. At about the same time, The American Medical Association also published an article for physicians that were written by Morton based on Oh Doctor, My Feet! He not only taught and did research at Columbia, he also was on staff at Columbia Presbertyrian Hospital, where he treated patients. Morton’s pioneer work, one of the most common of foot defects need no longer cause widespread suffering”. After eighty years, its basic concept is still the best way of treating the problems of the foot and body associated with Morton’s Toe, but now it is much smaller and easier to make. Notice how it goes up and down and how this patient’s 2nd toe is longer than the 1st toe. It is this strain that can be the real cause of why you can be hurting not only in your foot, but all over your body. This platform allows the first metatarsal bone to meet the ground properly and then forces it to bear weight normally. But now its job is to remove the slack of the ligaments in and around the bottom of the first metatarsal bone, which is causing excess motion of the bone. This pronation causes the first metatarsal bone to be unstable and move upwardly , turn inwardly and move inwardly. I can determine how bad a heel condition is by asking the patient how long it takes the pain to go away after getting up. It can also be cause by nerve damage known as peripheral  neuropathies But most people who come see me have a Morton’s Toe,   and not  nerve damage.
Travell states how she was aware early in her career that when the second metatarsal bone was longer than the first metatarsal bone (Morton’s Toe), it could transmit abnormal mechanical stress to the muscles of the ankle, knee, and hip joints that could result in pain in these areas. Morton’s Foot.” It can also cause Temporomandibular Joint Pain, or “TMJ,” which can make your teeth, jaw, cheek, eyes, eyebrows, and ears hurt. Travell made a series of seven videotapes to educate health professionals about Myofascial Pain Syndrome.
In it, you see a highly intelligent and articulate physician, delivering a lecture with an incredible ease and command of the facts concerning “The Dudley Morton Foot,” and all the problems it can cause.
This is important because if you understand how a Morton’s Toe can cause Myofascial Pain Syndrome, then you can understand how a Morton’s Toe can also cause or be part of the cause of why you may get fibromyalgia. If that feels good, and your fibo is not worst  then gradually add one hour every week, until your body gets use to the Toe Pad.
Janet Travell wrote that if your foot is not working right because of Morton’s Toe it can cause many muscles to be stressed and injured. Painkillers, pads to cushion the bunion, custom shoe inserts or surgery may help, as will wearing roomy shoes and avoiding high heels. It is not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment and should not be relied on to make decisions about your health.
But pain that’s not due to sky-high heels may come from a stress fracture, a small crack in a bone. Stress or changes in temperature can trigger vasospasms, which usually don’t lead to other health concerns. Arthritis, excessive exercise, and poorly fitting shoes also can cause heel pain, as can tendonitis. Lung disease is the most common underlying cause, but it also can be caused by heart disease, liver and digestive disorders, or certain infections. If the joint is rigid, it may be hallux rigidus, a complication of arthritis where a bone spur develops. If the skin on your itchy feet is thick and pimple-like, it may be psoriasis, an over-reaction of the immune system. They may respond to stretching and exercises of the toes or you may need special shoes or even surgery. Other causes include poor circulation, dehydration, or imbalances in potassium, magnesium, calcium, or vitamin D levels in the body. Thick, yellow nails also can be a sign of an underlying disease, including lymphedema (swelling related to the lymphatic system), lung problems, or rheumatoid arthritis. If the nail is intact and most of it is white, it can sometimes be a sign of a more serious condition including liver disease, congestive heart failure, or diabetes. If the line of the second metatarsal head is farther down your foot toward your toes than the first metatarsal head, even just a very little, then you probably have a short first metatarsal bone. If you do have this webbing of the toes, it is a pretty good tip off that you do have a short metatarsal bone or you are part duck. What counts is  are you feeling  any better once you start to treat yourself for your Morton’s Toe?
Morton ever state that having either of those conditions was a guarantee of having a foot problem or any other problem. But with time this ongoing abnormal pressure caused by a Morton’s Toe can lead to a callous being formed under the second metatarsal head. This adjustment should only last a fraction of a second to allow the foot to slow down; absorb the shock of your body weight I in order to adjust and adapt to the walking surface. We know that if you have a Short First Metatarsal Bone, and or Hypermobility of the First Metatarsal Bone, thanks to a Morton’s Toe you can have a lack of proper stabilization on the fore foot, at the critical moment when the foot must be a “ridge lever” in order for it to push off from the ground. It is not unusual for me to examine three generations of one family only to see the Morton’s Toe, or other similar foot problems, are present in all three generations. He stated that the tissues of the youthful foot have more elasticity than those of the older foot, and because of that, most foot problems do not appear until after thirty years of age. While at the museum, he concerned himself with the evolutionary development of the human foot. In 1927, he published a paper in the prestigious Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery titled “Metatarus Atavicu: The Identification of a Distinctive Type of Foot Disorder”.
The basis of the book came directly from his 1927 and 1928 papers written for the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery in conjunction with his years of research as an anatomist, anthropologist, and an evolutionist. He continued to explain how to treat these conditions by putting a pad or a platform under the first metatarsal bone  in order to give the proper foot care.
According to the New York Times, Morton made quite a sensation when he stated, “that 90% of arch supports that prop up thousands of feet ought to be thrown out the window”.
Morton ever wrote about the long 2nd toe in the 1920’s it was written about for some time in various places.
Once this happens, the abnormal strain that was improperly put on the second metatarsal bone starts to be removed and shifted back to the first metatarsal bone. It is not an arch support or a special shoe that costs hundreds of dollars and will not work. In a more advanced bunion deformity, called Hallux Abducto Valgus, there starts to be a movement of the big toe toward the second toe. As the pronation gets worst because of an untreated  Morton’s Toe Long Second Toe,  abnormal tension will be applied by the Adductor Hallicus muscle.
Believe it or not, at one time or another there are some people who insist on wearing shoes that are incorrect for them.
If you have a Morton’s Toe the front part of the foot is unstable when it needs to be stable.
The plantar fascia is a large, tough, fibrous rubber band band-like structure that holds up the inside part of your foot  and also.
When this happens, the second metatarsal bones push down in an unusual manner against the ground. Morton’s Foot” (Morton’s Toe ) and its relationship with Myofascial Pain Syndrome. They show how if you have a Morton’s Toe, your foot is not working right. The tapes showed how to identify and treat those painful muscles throughout the body, most often affected by Myofascial Pain. To watch her hands, the same hands that treated two Presidents of the United States, craft her version of the Toe Pad to treat Morton’s Toe are truly remarkable. If it doesn’t work for you I am truly sorry, but don’t say the toe pad  doesn’t work, because it does.
Corns and callusesFriction causes the thick, hardened, dead skin of corns and calluses, which form to protect sensitive skin.
Never ignore professional medical advice in seeking treatment because of something you have read on the BootsWebMD Site. A doctor can look for any underlying problems — or let you know that you simply have cold feet. One possible cause: Exercise that was too intense, particularly high-impact sports like basketball and distance running. Raynaud’s may also be related to rheumatoid arthritis, Sjogren’s disease, or thyroid problems.
Less common causes include a bone spur on the bottom of the heel, a bone infection,  tumor, or  fracture.
Most of the time in a Morton’s Toe the big toe will appear to be only a little shorter than the second toe or just about the same length as the second toe. Using a pen, lipstick, or marker, draw a line where the bumps end (flat area) and meet the top of the foot. Morton, the reason for the excessive motion is due to an abnormal laxity (looseness) of the plantar ligament that runs under the metatarsal bone. In fact, the only thing he ever stated was that by having the short first metatarsal bone or the hypermobility of the first metatarsal bone may lead to having foot problems. That book showed that Morton’s Toe was one of the underlying causes of this extremely painful muscular condition that could cause pain all over.


I believe that in many cases Morton’s Toe is the explanation for this WHY, and the reason for aches and pains not only in their back, knee, and hip but also in a lot other places in their body. At this point in time normal pronation is taking place and the foot is referred to as a “bag of bones” due to its ability to adapt to the new walking or running surfaces. Supination must take place so the foot can become a “Rigid Lever*” (opposite of “bag of bones”) in order for it to support our body when we push off from the ground; and propel us forward for our next step. This instability will force the foot to compensate in its attempt to become that “ridge lever”. Most people think the reason(s) their feet are hurting are because of a bad pair of shoes, having the wrong job or just standing too much. Morton went on to say that external events like prolonged periods of standing or abusive use due to high heels, do not affect the foot in our youth.
This scientific paper was the first time Morton presented his theory of the short first metatarsal bone and its harmful effects it could cause on the foot.
His years of work at the  American Museum of Natural History, Yale, and Columbia were also reflected in the book.
Morton’s thirty-plus years of work on evolution that supported his belief that the only way humans could eventually stand erect and walk was because of inheritance over millions of years. This time it was a highly enthusiastic profile about him entitled “Something Wrong with Your Feet.” Paul de Kruif, who was a very famous author in his own right, wrote the piece. Realizing this device was new, different and literally one of a kind, Morton he applied for a patent on it on June 20, 1927. It is this shifting of the abnormal strain off of the second metatarsal bone, back to the first metatarsal bone where it belongs, that will start to have you feeling better again. Once the bone is locked in place, it will help control all of the problems not only of the feet, but also throughout the body associated with hypermobility of the first metatarsal bone.
The most severe bunion is when the first toe not only moves toward the second toe, but it overlaps or under laps the second toe. With time and enough irritation, the sac (bursa) that is protecting the bunion can become swollen, inflamed, and sore.
This abnormal tension also causes the bunion to form by pulling the bunion joint abnormally apart. Some patients state that they get this pain upon getting out of their car after driving for a while. This will cause many muscles to be stressed and injured. According to them there are six muscles that can be activated or have “trigger points” due to the “Dudley Morton Foot”. Like those with Myofascial Pain Syndrome, some of these women with “Fibro”  can get better by applying a toe pad to their first metatarsal bone. If this muscle gets strained it can cause you to have lower back pain, also known as lumbago (very old term). Appearing cone-shaped, corns point into the skin and usually occur on areas that bear little weight. Slow-healing of sores also can be caused by poor circulation from conditions such as peripheral artery disease. Part of this process of becoming a “bag of bones” is that the arch will start to flatten out and roll toward the ground.
In Supination the arch of the foot goes up (instead of down as in Pronation) so that it can become the Ridge Lever. He was repeatedly written about in dozens of newspapers around the country, His medical books and articles on the foot were the leading authorities of their time.
His numerous papers and studies in the early and mid-1920s revolved around his study of primates (monkeys).
The following year, in 1928, Morton published another paper in the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery. In The Human Foot, Morton laid out, step-by-step, via evolution and inheritances, why we have foot problems and what to do about them. Morton was considered by both the public and the medical community as the leading authority in this country regarding foot pain. There were of course, chapters on the short first metatarsal bone and hypermobility of the first metatarsal bone.
Morton went on to say that, other than high heels, shoes are not normally responsible for most foot problems. De Kruif was most noted for his book, Microbe Hunters that first published in 1926, and which is still in print today.
His grandson, Chris, clearly recalls watching ball games on TV with his grandfather, as Dr. He called it “Means for Compensating for Foot Abnormalities.”It took almost five years, but on March 1, 1932, Dudley J.
A pronating foot places abnormal stress on many areas of the foot, including the plantar fascia and the heel bone. Another question I ask them is if they have to hold on to something just to get out of bed or to stand up? Because the ligament is abnormally loose, the first metatarsal bone is not as stable as it should be, resulting in many foot problems. But, if you are Over Pronating and you still are a “Bag of Bones and not the Rigid Leverwhen pushing off from the ground, then your foot and body will attempt to stop the over pronation by compensation. Don’t misunderstand, those things (job, shoes, standing) can definitely aggravate a foot already susceptible to having problems, but by themselves, they are rarely the real underlying causes of the foot problems.
Aside from being a renowned authority of the foot, Morton was also an orthopedic surgeon, anatomist, evolutionist, teacher, anthropologist, author, musician, painter and inventor.
This laid the groundwork for his most important work pertaining to the human foot, which took place in the late 1920’s. This paper described, for the first time, another condition of the first metatarsal bone known as “Hypermobility of the First Metatarsal Bone”. This condition, and the short first metatarsal bone, is one of the two problems, that for our purposes, we consider to be the Morton’s Toe.
It quickly became a medical classical, becoming the leading text of it time concerning the human foot. In that book, Morton explained to the average person why their feet really hurt, and what to do about it. De Kruif, who was a patient of Morton’s, testified that arch supports failed him, while Morton’s simple Toe Pad worked. Here are the six muscles that can be caused by Morton’s Toe and the pains they can cause: This link will take you to a copy of some pages from The Dudley J. They are simply the external stresses that finally push your feet over the edge in mid-life, causing you to have pain.
He explains (as noted previously) that the two major causes of foot problems were the short first metatarsal bone and hypermobility of the first metatarsal bone. Morton’s Toe ) Time Magazine, in their January 26, 1942 issue, also reported about Morton’s at this meeting.
He relates the story of how Morton discovered the importance of the short first metatarsal bone while looking at hundreds of x-rays, and how he developed the treatment for Morton’s Toe. Unfortunately, it was this chain smoking that finally led to his death from cancer in May 1960 at the age of seventy-six. The truth is, though, if you insist on constantly wearing shoes that are not right for you, then there is a strong likelihood that you not only will get bunions, but most of the other problems in my book, regardless of how normal your feet are. Its purpose was to educate her fellow physicians of the important role the Morton’s Toe can play in regards to causing pain throughout the whole body.
In spite of the fact that over seventy years have passed since it publications the material Morton presented in The Human Foot is still true. He then goes on to say how, Morton received the scientific recognition he deserved, not only in the U.S. During World War I, he went to France and served as a surgeon with the famous American Ambulance of Paris. This is the term that was given to these problems over a period of years by the medical profession. Not only to those suffering with foot problems, but, as you will see, for those who also suffer with pains throughout their bodies. GoutA form of arthritis, gout is characterised by sudden pain, redness, swelling and stiffness, usually in the large joint of the big toe.
Does everyone you work with, who has the same job as you, stand on the same floor for as long as you do, or wear the same exact style shoe as you, have foot problems?
By the time that book was published, Morton was the leading authority of the foot in the medical world. It's caused by too much uric acid (UA) in the body, which can form hard crystals in joints. Travell, Myofascial Pain Syndrome, and Fibromyalgia in Why You Really Hurt: It All Starts In The Foot.
It is because in the great lottery of life, you were born with the tendency to have a Morton’s Toe or some other foot problem. VerrucasVerrucas, sometimes called plantar warts or spelled verrucae, are tough, horny growths that develop on the soles of the feet. They are contagious, caused by a virus entering through broken skin, and often spread via public swimming pools and showers. Verrucas are harmless and can be left untreated but in many cases they're too painful to ignore. Topical salicylic acid may help, while burning, freezing, laser therapy and surgical removal are more aggressive options for more severe cases. Athlete's footA fungal infection that can cause peeling, redness, itching, burning and sometimes blisters and sores, athlete's foot is mildly contagious, passed by direct contact or by walking barefoot in areas such as changing rooms or near pools. Athlete's foot is usually treated with topical antifungal creams or oral medication for more severe cases.
Fungal nail infectionOccurring when microscopic fungi enter through a break in the nail, a fungal infection can make your nails thick, discoloured and brittle. Topical creams may help mild cases but oral antifungal medication is often required to cure a severe infection. Hammertoe generally causes the middle joint of the toe to bend downward, with toes appearing raised near the foot. Well-fitting footwear with the correct amount of space around the toes, shoe supports and surgery may offer relief. Ingrown toenailA toenail that has grown into the skin, an ingrown toenail can result in pain, redness, swelling, even infection. Cutting nails too short or not straight across, injury to the toenail and wearing tight shoes are culprits. For mild cases, soak the foot in warm water, keep it clean, and gently push the skin away from the nail using a cotton bud. Flatfoot (pes planus)Flatfoot is characterised by the sole of the foot coming into complete or near-complete contact with the ground. Flatfoot symptoms are rare, though weight gain, badly fitting shoes or excessive standing may cause pain. Treatment includes foot-strengthening exercises and shoes with good arch support or orthotics.



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