Why write a post on the best running shoes for Morton’s Neuroma? Basically, because I know what it’s like to be in pain and be restricted in doing the things I love. So, I want to share the best running shoes on the market today that can help you run as comfortably as possible.
If you are reading this post and thinking ‘what on earth is he talking about’ let me briefly explain the symptoms of Morton’s Neuroma.
Morton’s neuroma is a benign but painful condition that affects the ball of the foot. It happens when the tissue around a nerve that leads to a toe thickens from irritation or compression. It most often occurs between the third and fourth toes, but can also occur between the second and third toes. And it most commonly occurs in middle-aged people, especially middle-aged women.
Morton’s neuroma is often caused by shoes that are too tight. These shoes can cause the nerves in your feet to become compressed or irritated. The irritated nerve thickens and gradually becomes more painful as a result of the pressure on it.
Based on the fact that it is more common in women, the shoes on review will be based on that.
What Type Of Shoes Do You Need
Based on the fact that tight-fitting shoes can be one of the issues, I want to concentrate on shoes that give you the best room for your toes as well as ultimate comfort.
Let’s take a look at the best shoes available today.
Altra Escalante 2
The first of the shoes on review from Altra. Why are Altra shoes perfect for Morton’s Neuroma?
Because they have a beautifully formed wide toe box for room and they are zero-drop, meaning that your heel is the same height as your forefoot when you wear them – meaning you’re foot is in its natural position.
The Escalante is perfect for running, walking and any type of gym work so it’s a bit of an all-rounder.
It comes with a rubber sole and is fully cushioned and comes with Altra’s ‘Inner Flex’ technology which is grid-like grooves in the midsole allowing your foot to bend more naturally. The upper is an engineered knit which is breathable as well as reflective.
- Amazing Comfort
- Natural Foot Placement
- Lot’s of Toe Room
- Good Fitting
- Quite Expensive but Worth It
- Zero-Drop May Take Getting Used To
Brooks Ghost 12
Whenever you check out reviews for comfortable shoes, the Brooks Ghost 12 comes up again and again – for good reason too.
This shoe is very lightweight and offers a smooth ride, yet doesn’t sacrifice the cushioning in any way. Surprisingly the shoe is great on the road or in the gym.
The upper is an engineered mesh with 3D Fit print meaning it has strategically positioned stretch points to make it fit comfortably around the foot.
The shoe weighs-in at 9.3oz and has a heel to toe drop of 12mm which is fairly standard for most road running shoes.
They can also be bought as a standard or wide width fitting to suit your needs.
- Very Comfortable
- Plenty of Cushioning
- Comfortable Out of the Box
- Good Tongue & Heel Padding
- One Customer Stated the Laces Came Undone Easily
Asics Gel Kayano 26
The Asics comes with both front and rear Gel cushioning that offers outstanding shock absorption.
The Gel cushioning in the forefoot is ideal for Morton’s as it helps to avoid any undue stress over the affected area. The shoe is also great for overpronation and flat arches.
The upper is made of a multi-directional stretch mesh that adds greater comfort for your foot and offers a greater running experience.
Shoe weight is a little shy of 11oz and has a heel to toe drop of 10mm, as well as the option to purchase different widths.
Other benefitS noticed from customer feedback was that the shoe didn’t really require a break-in period meaning it feels great right out of the box.
- Very Comfortable
- Responsive & Supportive
- Comfortable Out of the Box
- Good for Long Periods of Use
- Some Customers Felt it Ran 1/2 Size too Big
New Balance Fresh Foam 1080 v10
New Balance has long been a manufacturer of comfortable trainers and the Fresh Foam 1080 v10 is no exception and is a fantastic option from anyone suffering from Morton’s, or in fact anyone who loves running.
The upper is a ‘Hypoknit’ construction and fits like a glove keeping your foot firmly in place without actually feeling like it’s restrictive. It is very comfortable indeed.
They have also upgraded the heel and tab where your Achilles is protected but it doesn’t rub which makes this another great addition to previous versions.
The 1080 v10 weighs in at 8.4oz for the standard women’s size which is very light indeed. The heel to toe drop is 8mm which I find to be a happy balance if you don’t like too low a drop.
All in all the 1080 v10 is one of the most comfortable shoes out there today.
- Very Comfortable
- Perfect for People with Morton’s Neuroma
- Great for People with Overpronation
- Good for Long Runs & the Gym
- Toe Box Might be Narrow for Some
- New Upper So No Wear Test Data Yet
Altra Torin 4
Primarily a road running shoe, the Torin 4 is another zero-drop offering from Altra and once again it is a fantastic shoe. These just happen to be my current road running shoe and they are awesome for fit and comfort.
This is Altra’s most popular road shoe and is a popular fan-favourite coming in at a lightweight 7.6oz.
It has a stack height of 26mm offering maximum cushioning and comfort which means you aren’t going to feel all those hard lumps and bumps on the road.
In terms of durability, the shoe appears to hold up well. After 50 miles of tough road running and 20 or so miles on gravel tracks, it is reported that there are really no obvious signs of wear and tear which is positive news.
- One of the Most Comfortable Road Shoes on the Market
- Great for High Mileage Days
- Appears to be Hard Wearing
- Great Stability
- Laces seem to be Quite Long
- Those with Very Narrow Feet Might Find them a bit Wide
Asics Gel Cumulus 21
A comfortable and supportive running shoe the Asics Gel Cumulus has some great features making it one of the best choices for Morton’s Neuroma sufferers.
It has a synthetic upper with seamless construction and a roomy toe box for superior comfort.
Like with other Asics shoes, it comes with a rear and forefoot gel system that helps alleviate shock whilst planting the foot.
The shoe weighs in at 8.3oz and has a heel to toe drop of 10mm.
The shoe comes I.G.S (Impact Guidance System) Technology – ASICS design philosophy which enhances the foot’s natural gait from heel-strike to toe-off.
The shoe can be purchased in 3 widths which are D (regular), 2E (wide), 4E (extra wide).
- Spacious Interior
- Soft Heel Area
- Comfortable Cushioned Ride
- Some Customers Reported the Tongue Might Slide
Shoe Considerations When Purchasing
The upper of the shoe should be flexible and made up of some breathable materials to keep the airflow consistent for a dry and cool inner environment of the shoe. This assures comfort for the foot.
Sufficient padding in the heel and toes is also important. All the shoes on review have this.
A wide toe box is recommended as this allows the toes to ‘splay’ and is far more comfortable for the user.
A lower arch and midsole of the shoe will offer smoothER gait when running. It provides better comfort for those with Morton’s Neuroma.
When you are buying a running shoe, look for a model that offers enough midsole and lower arch support. These models will provide better comfort and good balance to your foot.
I hope this review gave you more of an insight into buying the right shoe for you.
On a personal level, I have been buying the Altra shoes for a number of years and love the Zero Drop and wide toe box. They are just fantastic on long walks and runs.
The Asics are also a great shoe for comfort, especially with the Gel technology they use.
Either way, any of the shoes reviewed will do the job required to make your walk or run as comfortable as possible – it’s up to you to decide which one.
All the very best,
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