Finding the right running shoes can be a lot of work. When you’re suffering from Morton’s neuroma, it can be even more difficult. Morton’s neuroma is a painful condition that affects the ball of the foot, and sufferers know that the right shoe can help to relieve the pain.
The best option for Morton’s neuroma are running shoes with a wide toe box and a low heel-to-toe drop. These elements will provide the runner with the right amount of comfort and support.
In this article, we’ve gathered up the top ten best running shoes for Morton’s neuroma to help you find relief and keep you running…
Top 3 Best and Favorites
Altra Escalante 2.5
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Altra Torin 5
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Saucony Echelon 8
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1. Altra Torin 5
The entire Altra line of shoes features a wide toe box and low heel-to-toe drop needed to provide comfort to those suffering from Morton’s neuroma. The Altra Torin 5 is Altra’s best-selling shoe, and it has recently received a complete makeover.
The midsole features Altra’s Quantic foam allowing for a soft ride with enough snap to keep you moving. A softer insole adds more plushness to the shoe. The Altra Torin 5 also includes a zero-drop which keeps your heel and toe at the same distance from the ground.
The knit mesh upper looks good, and the strap support system helps keep your foot secure. A softer tongue keeps the shoe’s softness going. Altra’s patented foot-shaped toe box ensures that the front part of your foot will have plenty of room to spread out.
The platform means less impact during your run – an essential feature for those with Morton’s neuroma. These shoes also feature Altra’s FootPod technology in the sole, engineered to provide increased flexibility in specific areas of your foot.
The Altra Torin 5 is an incredibly comfortable shoe that will keep you running for miles.
- Tons of cushion for optimal comfort
- Roomy toe box allows toes to relax
- Tons of cushioning
- Keeps the foot in its natural position
- Ultra low-drop shoe may cause sore calves intially
- Unconventional look may turn off some runners
2. Altra Escalante 2.5
Like the Torin, the Altra Escalante 2.5 features a wide toe box and zero-drop.
The main differences lie in the knit upper that makes for a soft, snug fit and provides comfort and style while running. Also, the midsole is made from EGO foam, a springy, responsive material that provides plenty of energy return while running.
The Escalantes wrap the foot and provide a sleek, sock-like fit that is both comfortable and stylish. This shoe also features Altra’s wide toe box to let your toes splay naturally as well as a zero-drop.
The women’s version of the Escalante includes Altra’s Fit4Her technology, meaning the arch and last of the shoe were designed specifically for a women’s fit.
If you are suffering from Morton’s neuroma, this may be the perfect shoe for you. This shoe is both soft and zippy to keep you running faster, longer.
- The shoe is ultra-soft (both upper and midsole)
- Highly Durable
- Wide toe box ideal for MN
- Optimum Cushioning
- The low toe box height may cause toes to rub against the upper fabric
- Inconsistent sizing
3. Altra Paradigm 5
The Altra Paradigm 5 is designed to fit all types of feet. Like the other Altra’s we’ve reviewed, it has a super wide toe box and zero drop design. But unlike the other two shoes, the Paradigm is their max cushioned shoe. And its new GuideRail feature helps keep the foot secure and on track for a secure and stable ride.
The maximum cushioning in the Paradigm provides comfort on even the longest runs. Of course, it comes with Altra’s FootShape toe box and zero-drop design making it a stand-out shoe for those with Morton’s Neuroma. The upper on the shoe is airy and breathable, keeping your feet cool and comfortable.
The benefit of the GuideRail is that it will correct your foot to a more neutral position only when needed. This makes it ideal for runners who mildly over- or under-pronate as it corrects your foot as you run. But it also works equally well for neutral runners who don’t need the support created from the guide rails.
The Altra Paradigm 5 is a fantastic shoe for those also suffering from other foot ailments. It’s cushioned, supportive, and provides plenty of room for your toes to spread out.
- Extra roomy toe box
- Highly durable outsole
- Soft and breathable upper
- Tons of cushioning
- The shoe comes in limited styles and colors
4. Hoka One One Bondi 7
The Hoka One One Bondi 7 is the most cushioned shoe in the Hoka line. This shoe provides excellent arch support and plenty of room in the forefoot. The Hoka One One Bondi 7 also features plenty of breathability and ventilation for the foot.
This shoe is fantastic for running on roads and concrete, but will also provide your foot with plenty of comfort throughout the workday. The maximum cushioning has a pillow-like effect that yields optimal comfort.
The engineered mesh in the upper of this shoe stands out and makes it look sleek and modern. The thick layer of cushioning helps keep the runner comfortable from the very start, and you will not need to break in the shoe for long.
The Hoka One One Bondi 7 comes in both standard and wide sizes, making it a great option for those suffering from Morton’s neuroma who also wear wide shoes. Hoka has also expanded to a full EVA midsole in this shoe, meaning it includes Hoka’s signature cushioning from toe to heel.
- Durable outsole
- Excellent traction for road running
- Very light for the amount of cushion
- Large toe box
- Stiffer midsole than other shoes in the Hoka line
- More expensive option for those with MN
5. Topo Magnifly 3
Runners with Morton’s neuroma should consider the Topo Magnifly 3. This shoe has a cushioned, springy ride with a zero-drop and wide toe box. Topo did not sacrifice comfort for functionality with the Magnifly 3.
This shoe features a cushioned upper sole that provides excellent support for the foot and a firmer lower sole that provides the runner with plenty of spring and energy. The Topo Magnifly 3 also features the wide toe box needed for comfortable running.
The airy mesh upper layer provides breathability during running and helps minimize rubbing and blisters. The Topo Magnifly 3 is comfortable but doesn’t feel exaggerated or unnecessarily roomy. This shoe provides a firm ride, excellent for those looking for more support from their running shoe.
It’s very similar to Altra’s line of running shoes, but at a much friendly price-point.
- Excellent for long distances
- Great daily shoe
- Roomy toe box
- Snappy midsole
- The outsole can show signs of wear early in the shoe’s life
- Not a traditional design
6. New Balance 1080v11
The New Balance 1080v11 is the most cushioned shoe in New Balance’s line. It is the tenth version of the 1080 shoe, meaning it is built on several years of technology and includes many updates.
The latest version has a soft heel cup to gently support your feet. It also features a cushioned, Fresh Foam midsole that’s the softest yet with plenty of energy return.
The shoe provides optimal underfoot support and a highly breathable mesh upper that provides an extra-snug feel for the runner. These shoes hug a wide foot nicely and provide consistent support and a flexible sole.
This shoe also features good traction and is great for running in all types of conditions. The cushion on the New Balance 1080v11 is supreme, and it is ideal for daily training runs.
The Fresh Foam design is lightweight while it cushions, helping you run further. This shoe is especially excellent for long distances and has the durability to withstand a marathon and ultra-marathon races.
- Great option for marathons
- Highly comfortable
- Roomy Forefoot
- Great durability
- A heavier shoe
- Expensive compared to other shoes
7. Topo Ultrafly 3
The Topo Ultrafly 3 builds off of the success of the original Ultrafly with a sleek upper and better sock liner. With its wide toe box and cushioned ride, it’s ideal for runners with Morton’s neuroma.
The midsole contains two levels of density for a soft feel on the upper half close to the foot. And a firmer feel on the bottom for a more responsive ride.
The mesh on the Ultrafly 3 is softer than the original. It wraps the foot nicely, providing support and comfort. The laces are flat and designed to reduce bulk. The tongue also provides nice padding that is comfortable without crowding the foot.
The wide toe box lets your toes spread out naturally. This helps ease nerve pain caused by this condition.
The low heel-to-toe drop also helps reduce numbness caused by Morton’s neuroma. The 5mm drop provides enough heel lift for runners who don’t like a zero drop shoe like the Altras.
- Cushioned with plenty of responsiveness
- Extra-wide toe box
- Low heel drop
- Some durability issues
- Upper is lightweight and prone to tears
8. Saucony Echelon 8
The Saucony Echelon 8 is a neutral shoe that is excellent for runners who need support or use orthotics. It features a wide, straight last, allowing for a lot of ground contact. This keeps the shoe stable and secure.
The Echelon 8 is a wide shoe with a roomy toe box. It comes in wide and extra wide sizes if you need even more room.
This shoe features a layer of Saucony’s PWRRUN foam in the sole. PWRRUN adds cushioning and provides energy return to propel you forward while running.
The Saucony Echelon 8 also has an ultra-plush sockliner that delivers ultimate cushioning.
One complaint about the Echelon 8 is that it’s a heavy shoe. But with a wide toe box and roomy fit, it’s a nice option for help relieve pain.
- Wide toe box
- Great cushioning
- Large, Stable Base
- Accommodates custom orthotics
- Comes in width options
- Limited Color Options
- Short laces
9. Topo Hydroventure
The Topo Hydroventure is a great shoe for runners with Morton’s Neuroma who want to venture off-road. A wide toe box and durable construction allow runners to wear this trail shoe for hours on end.
Built for trail running, this shoe offers protection from the elements. This is also one of the lightest waterproof shoes currently on the market.
The three-millimeter heel to toe drop is gentle on the ball of your foot. The foot-shaped toe box allows for your toes to relax and splay out.
It’s got less cushioning than other shoes on this list. While that may be a downside for some runners, it does make for a snappier run.
The Topo Hydroventure has a flexible rock plate built into the sole. This helps protect your feet in a variety of terrain.
The waterproof mesh upper helps keep your feet dry, no matter how long you’re wearing the shoe. But thanks to eVent technology, the shoe remains breathable and cool.
The single color option is black with navy accents. This allows you to maintain a professional appearance no matter your environment.
- Comfortable toe box
- Super lightweight
- Durable in all conditions and weather
- Great traction
- Not as cushioned as other running shoes in our list
10. Altra Timp 2.0
The Altra Timp 2.0 is a versatile trail shoe that will ensure a comfortable run at any distance. Like Altra’s other shoes, the Timp has a wide toe box and zero-drop that’s ideal for those with Morton’s neuroma.
There is nice cushioning in this shoe. It provides the right amount of comfort to a wide variety of runners. The Altra Timp is also breathable yet durable enough for tough, technical trails. The new upper in version 2.0 provides more breathability and a sleek look.
The Altra Timp has a full-length EVA midsole and an ultra-wide platform and toe box. Compared to Altra’s other shoes, the Timp has one of the widest toe boxes around.
The Altra Timp is another great choice, perfect for trail running, hiking, or for casual wear.
- Very wide toe box
- Cool colors and patterns
- Excellent for trail
- Durable in all conditions and weather
- Mesh upper may allow sand or dirt into the shoe
How long does Morton’s neuroma last for runners?
Unfortunately, there is no expected timeframe for Morton’s neuroma. To compound this, it can often come and go.
So what should a runner do?
The key is to wear comfortable shoes and rest your feet. Morton’s neuroma often comes from poorly fitting shoes. We recommend wearing your running shoes all the time. If you’re wearing one from our list, this will ensure your heel stays low to the ground and you have plenty of room for your toes.
How can runners treat Morton’s neuroma?
Changing your running shoes can go a long way towards treating this condition. As we’ve mentioned, shoes with a low heel and a wide toe box should help. You can also take painkillers to help with discomfort.
For extreme cases of Morton’s neuroma, steroid injections are an option. Surgery is the last and final resort.
Can I run with Morton’s neuroma?
If it’s a minor pain, you should be ok to continue running. Just keep in mind that excessive time on our feet (like running!) can aggravate the symptoms.
If the pain is more severe, take a break until it gets better. You’ll know this is the case if it’s too painful to run (which will limit how much you want to run anyway).
Do those pads under the toes help relieve Morton’s pain?
They can. The goal of treating Morton’s pain is to relieve the pressure on the ball of your foot. This is way a low heel and room for your toes to spread out helps. The pads will slightly raise your feet, allowing your toes to sit higher and relieve the pressure underneath your feet.
Will Morton’s neuroma go away on its own?
No, unfortunately, it will not. However, there are ways to alleviate the pain and improve the condition of your foot, and sometimes the symptoms of Morton’s neuroma will completely go away.
Besides changing my running shoes, is there anything else I can do to relieve the pain?
While proper footwear and running shoes are one of the most important measures, there are a variety of other treatment measures you can do to relieve the pain. You can maintain an appropriate body weight to your height, massage your foot and affected toes, rest your foot, and use an icepack on the affected area.
In addition, you can also perform stretching exercises that strengthen the foot muscles, including rolling your foot over a bottle on the floor and placing your foot in your two hands and slowly and gently pulling the front of the foot toward your shin.
Finally, as last resorts, over-the-counter medications and injections are treatment options for Morton’s neuroma as is surgery. However, many doctors prefer not to perform surgery unless no other option has worked, as surgery can permanently numb the affected toes.
Does running make Morton’s neuroma worse?
Yes, running can make Morton’s neuroma worse. However, you can still run without “damage” to your foot unless your pain is so severe that you begin to compensate by altering your gait.
If you can still run in proper form with your Morton’s neuroma, you are just fine to keep running. Just be sure to come home and use some of the treatment options listed above to alleviate the pain that you experience from Morton’s neuroma.