Foot pain can leave you feeling like your only shoe options are chunky and unattractive therapeutic shoes. Thankfully, there are shoes out there that can ease your pain, keep you comfortable and still look cute enough to wear when you go out.
Top 3 Best and Favorites
1. Drew Rose
The Drew Rose is our top shoe that’s attractive enough to wear in both casual and formal settings. Even better, it’s designed in a way that it helps to relieve Morton’s Neuroma pain.
Although it doesn’t look like it, the Drew Rose features a wide toe box that alleviates pressure on the toes and forefoot. The upper is made from full-grain leather but it has perforations to allow airflow inside the shoe.
The Rose is a double-depth shoe and has a dual-density removable insert. It also features an innovative Plus Fitting System. This comes with two removable insoles that you can stack on top of one another to increase the amount of cushion and get the perfect fit for your foot.
If you would prefer, you can remove both of the insoles and add your own orthotic to the shoe. The Rose has built-in arch support using a steel shank, so the shoe is supportive as well as padded.
The heel height is 6/8”, so you won’t end up putting too much pressure on your toes when you walk in these. That also makes them suitable for ladies who are not used to wearing heels.
It is also available in a variety of colors so you can find one that appeals to your sense of style and matches your outfits. They do tend to run wide, so if you have a normal-width foot you may have to order a narrow size.
- Available in a variety of colors
- Plus Fitting System
- Removable dual-density insert
- 6/8″ heel height
- These shoes can run wide so you may have to order the shoe in a narrow
2. Orthofeet Chattanooga
If you need a shoe that offers a high level of ventilation to keep your feet cool, this stylish Mary Jane could be your next piece of footwear.
It has a two-tone suede and mesh upper that is highly breathable, thanks to the abundance of perforations across the entire upper.
As well as being extremely breathable, these shoes offer a roomy toe box so the toes can splay naturally and relieve pressure on the metatarsals. A Toe-Spring design helps to propel you forward without added pressure on the toes during the stride.
Your metatarsals will also be well-cushioned and the shoe is designed to absorb shock with each foot strike. An Ergonomic Stride midsole offers a comfortable, soft base.
The shoe comes with two removable spacers that can add or decrease the depth and the cushioning of the shoe. On top of those, an insole with built-in anatomical arch support is the final piece of cushioning and support.
These shoes are Medicare-approved as a diabetic shoe. Orthofeet also has a 60-day money-back guarantee.
You can buy these shoes in regular, narrow, wide, or extra wide sizes. These shoes can run small, so you may have to get a size larger in order for them to fit your feet.
- Two-tone mesh and suede upper
- Toe-Spring design
- Two removable spacers
- Seamless lining
- These shoes can run small and you may have to get a size bigger
3. Apex Ellen
If you enjoy wearing sneakers but struggle to find sneakers that don’t hurt your feet, then you may like the Apex Ellen.
The uppers are made from full-grain leather and canvas, which offer a good deal of support but may not be very breathable.
The toe box is wider than average for a sneaker, which prevents pain in the toes and metatarsals as the toes can spread out and won’t be cramped.
These sneakers have a contoured footbed, which offers significantly more cushion than other sneakers. You can also remove the footbed and add a custom orthotic.
The heel has a cushioned heel counter which locks the heel in comfortably. The traditional lace-up system allows you to get a tight fit that will eliminate unnecessary foot movement within the shoe, keeping your foot cushioned in all the right places.
- Full-grain leather and canvas uppers
- Antimicrobial mesh lining
- Soft padded collars
- Flexible outsole
- The upper may not be very breathable
4. KLOGS FOOTWEAR MOXY
Slip-on clogs are a common nurse’s shoe, because of their comfort and convenience.
These can definitely be used for wearing to work if you’re on your feet all day and you can get them in plain black for a smarter look. But they also come in a range of fun patterns that you can wear out almost anywhere.
As well as being pretty, these shoes are effective at reducing pain and discomfort caused by Morton’s Neuroma. The upper is made of durable leather, and two side gorings allow easy on and off. These shoes do tend to run large, so you may need to buy a size smaller to avoid a shoe that’s too loose.
The spacious toe box and TRUComfort insoles allow for both room for your toes to wiggle as well as provide a soft and shock-absorbing sole. A deep heel cup and solid arch support keep your foot secure and the 1-inch heel is low enough to not add unnecessary pressure to the toes.
The slip-resistant outsole also means that you can walk confidently on any surface without clenching your toes, which relieves pain.
- Choose from different designs
- 1-inch heel height
- TRUComfort Insoles
- Leather upper
- These shoes run large and you may need to order a size sm
5. Alegria Paloma
These sandal-type shoes are funky and fun-looking, with a thick heel and a rocker outsole. If you’re looking for a shoe that’s pretty and functional, these serve both those purposes. Choose from a selection of colorful patterned leather uppers that are durable as well as being attractive.
The toe box is unusually wide for a sandal and provides plenty of space for your toes to rest comfortably, alleviating the pain in the metatarsals. There’s a hook-and-loop closure so you can get a perfect fit every time, reducing foot movement within the shoe.
The footbed is made from latex and cork, and molds to your foot to provide customized arch support. You can remove it if necessary and add a custom insert.
The polyurethane outsole is 1.5 inches thick and provides a cushioned layer. It incorporates rocker technology to help you move forward effortlessly, leaving your legs feeling less fatigued at the end of the day.
While this 1.5-inch sole may absorb shock and provide a cushioned platform, some individuals may feel that it is too high and feels unstable on their foot or like they may turn an ankle.
- Selection of colorful leather uppers
- Latex and cork footbed
- Hook-and-loop instep strap
- Rocker outsole
- The sole stack height may be too high for some individuals
What is Morton’s Neuroma?
Morton’s Neuroma is caused by the thickening of the tissue around the nerve between the foot bones—metatarsals.
While Morton’s neuroma can affect the second and third toes, it most often develops between the third and fourth toes. This inflammation can lead to one experiencing pain in the ball of the foot, but one could also experience tingling, numbness, or a burning sensation at the base of the affected toes.
Some people may have difficulty walking or they may feel as though their sock has bunched up underneath the ball of the foot.
One of the main causes of Morton’s Neuroma is wearing shoes that are too tight or that have very high heels—3 to 5 inches. This causes the nerve to become compressed, which leads to irritation and inflammation of the tissue. Over time, when you place pressure on your foot it will become more painful.
If your foot isn’t in its natural alignment this can create an abnormal gait, which leads to instability. This instability will place pressure on the nerves of your foot, which can lead to Morton’s Neuroma.
People who have flat feet, high arches, bunions, and hammer toes are more at risk of developing Morton’s Neuroma as well. One may develop Morton’s Neuroma from repetitive sports like running or squash. Sometimes an injury to the foot can lead to one developing Morton’s Neuroma.
What shoe features do you need with Morton’s Neuroma?
When you’re looking for shoes, it’s best to get a shoe that has a wide, spacious toe box so that your toes can splay naturally. This will allow your toes to go back to their natural alignment and reduce the pressure on the metatarsals, as well as prevent them from rubbing against each other.
The upper should be made from material that allows for some stretch and has adjustable straps or laces. This will allow you to adjust the shoe throughout the day as your foot swells and reduce the pressure on the toes.
The shoe must have adequate arch support for your foot shape so that the weight is evenly distributed, which will reduce the pressure on the forefoot. The shoe should have cushioning or padding under the ball of your foot, as this will help to reduce the shock of impact and reduce the amount of pressure placed on the metatarsals.
Choose a shoe that has a lower heel of up to 1 inch, and you’ll find that your posture is better and that your gait isn’t affected where it places pressure on the forefoot.
If the shoe doesn’t have adequate cushioning or support, then you may have to invest in orthotic insoles or metatarsal pads to reduce the pressure on the ball of the foot.
How can you treat it?
If you’re experiencing Morton’s Neuroma, then the first thing you should do is change your shoes. Choose a pair of shoes that has adequate cushioning and a wide toe box. Invest in orthotic insoles that provide support to your arch or get metatarsal pads.
Do some foot exercises that will help to increase the strength in your foot and gently stretch the toes a few times a day.
To help alleviate the pain, you can apply ice to the foot for 15 to 20 minutes a few times a day. Over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medications like Motrin IB, Aleve, or Advil can be used to help reduce inflammation and relieve pain.
In severe cases, your medical practitioner may try corticosteroids injections. If that doesn’t help to resolve Morton’s Neuroma, then your doctor may recommend surgery.