Apologies to those of a delicate disposition, but this might be a useful post for others suffering the same condition. I have Morton’s toe (or syndrome), which means my second toe (and indeed third) is longer than my big toe. This could be a function of my Celtic origins (most of my family come from Cornwall). Other theories are that it is a Greek or even an Asiatic trait.
I seem to be quite lucky as it’s never caused me much bother. However, I can suffered from bruised toes in walking boots. My Salomon Fastpackers have been brilliant in almost all aspects except that they bruise the second toe on my left foot and third toe on my right, producing a discoloured nail on each to after a couple of days. This is not particularly uncomfortable or painful, just annoying.
I was in Superdrug the other day when I spotted a potential solution. In the foot section (where else?) there was a soft gel toe protector. This is like a small sock that goes over the toe and protects it from pressure. The inside has a gel lining and the outside is a washable fabric. After cutting to length, they fit perfectly. I’ve tried them on a couple of shorter walks and they seem to be comfortable. Whether they will prevent bruising or not, I don’t know as I’ve not used them for long enough. However, I’m reasonably confident they will help. If you suffer from the same problem, you might want to try these. They were two for £5.