Foot Pain & Problem

Stabbing pain on the fourth toe
(Morton’s neuroma)


A tingling or sharp pain on the root of the fourth toe is typically called “Morton’s neuroma”. Some cases are accompanied by burning pain. The condition can be felt when the area is squeezed. Because the condition is an abnormality of the cartilage, normally it is invisible on X-ray. In advanced cases with fatigue fractures, there is intense pain. Recovery can be slow without understanding the cause and treating the condition correctly.


When walking without toes touching the ground because of bunion, ungrounded toe or flatfoot, the root of fourth toe continuously strikes the ground with each stride. The cartilage becomes deformed, stimulating the nerves. This condition frequently affects middle-aged people with corns, rheumatism or Heberden, as their cartilage is fragile and easily deformed.


To repair the deformation and heal the fatigue fractures, we recommend the Kasahara Taping Treatment (in cases with foot pain) for 4 to 6 months.

As a simpler solution, a W supporter (with finger pad) can be used at home while a bandage and 3-toe socks can be used in combination when going out.

We recommend using the seismic isolation insole (artificial muscle insole) to maintain cushioning in the shoe and to absorb excessive shock and torsion waves.

When the condition worsens, fatigue fractures develop, and if there is no improvement in such cases, we recommend seeing a specialist.

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