Can You Run With Morton’s Neuroma?

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Please remember that I am only my personal experience with Morton’s Neuroma. Therefore, this post is not to be taken as a “prescription”.

Running with Morton’s Neuroma

So you have been diagnosed with Morton’s Neuroma and you want to know if it is possible to run with this condition? Well, it depends on a number of things:

  • What your doctor says – very important
  • How bad your neuroma pain is – also very important!
  • Etc.

I can’t list every possible scenario here but I know for sure that I run with Morton’s Neuroma. I am by no means, not an athlete. Just an ordinary woman who likes to keep fit.

I have been living with MN since 2008. For a long time, I only did easy exercises that don’t put my feet under a  lot of stress. But I began jogging occasionally. At first, I would feel a little bit of pain. manageable pain…

You see that’s my story. yours may be different. But let us keep going and see whether you too can run with Morton’s neuroma.

Tricks To Running With Morton’s Neuroma

These are strictly my personal tricks. They may or may not work for you. I guess there’s no harm in sharing.

When you feel like your neuroma pain is not too severe and you’re ready to run, here is a list of tricks.

1. Choose The Appropriate Shoe

I cannot emphasize the importance of the right shoe enough. I wear strictly shoes made for running. I always buy a size bigger but you know how that can sometimes make the shoes unpleasant. Who cares away, that’s for the comfort of my foot (my left MN affected foot).

Best Shoes For Morton’s Neuroma- Men And Women

2. Remove The Insole And Forget About The socks!

I know this may sound crazy but it has worked for me with my exact size Nike Zoom Running Shoes [Paid Link]. I had to buy the exact size because that was the only pair remaining at the store and I badly wanted to have them.  So when I tried them on they felt a little uncomfortable on my left foot. 

I removed the insole and yes! Comfort. So for the sake of balance, I removed both insoles and decided I would not wear socks. Luckily I don’t have sweaty feet. I have been running without them ever since. they are unbelievably comfortable.

3. Lace Up Well

This is very important. In fact, I got this video to share with you the best way to lace up your running shoes to avoid squeezing your feet. Watch this short video on:

How To Lace Up Running Shoes For Morton’s Neuroma

4. Try Not To Overdo It

You know the problem you have. So please don’t overwhelm your feet. I know when you are in your running zone it may be difficult to stop yourself. Set a limit to your running distance.

5. Use  Flexible /Soft Gel Toe Spacers

I have discovered that using toe spacers/separators as often as I can, really helps. Although I have skinny toe separators that they say you can wear with your running shoes, I prefer to wear them at home.

I find wearing toe separators with shoes rather uncomfortable. You may have a different experience from mine. So you can try running with flexible gel Toe Spacers

Can You Run With Morton's Neuroma

Check Out This Post On Comfortable Toe Separator Socks That I Love!!!

After Running

1. Stretch And Massage

It is possible that you may feel a bit sore even without Morton’s Neuroma. What I usually do is remove my shoes after running and do some simple foot stretches focusing on my toes and the ball of the foot. I also lightly press/massage my neuroma area. It feels really nice.

2. Hot Water Dip And Salt Scrub

Oh, this is so relaxing.

Put hot water in a big basin/ foot bath and dip your feet in there while seated. If you like you can add a foam bath for that extra pampering experience. 5 – 10 minutes will do the trick. Oh, the other day after running I went to the sauna and steam bath.

While in the steam bath my friend suggested that we get a salt scrub. I gave my feet a proper salt scrub and then continued to sit in the steam for a few minutes.

My feet were so happy, if they knew how to talk they would have thanked me! My neuroma foot was quiet and that night I had the best sleep ever!

I don’t think you need to go for the steam bath to give your feet a relaxing salt scrub. You can do it at home. Soak your feet in hot water for 5 minutes. Get fine table salt and scrub as if you’re exfoliating…you will also be exfoliating actually.

Rub each foot for 3-5 minutes. then get your feet back in the hot water for 5 more minutes, or for as long as you want really.

For a salt scrub you will need:

Simple fine table salt – about 2 handfuls – 1 handful per foot.

Can You Run With Morton's Neuroma

You may lightly moisturize/hydrate the salt for easy sticking to your feet.  A few drops of water will do. Too much liquid will dissolve the salt.

Another thing: I only scrub the bottom of my feet because I don’t like the burning sensation from salt. You may tolerate it. But if you fear the burn I suggest you only focus on the bottom of your feet.

Best Running Shoes Morton’s Neuroma

Women Running Shoes Morton’s Neuroma

1. ALTRA Women’s Escalante 2 Road Running Shoe Sneakers

Can You Run With Morton's Neuroma

Most Desirable Features

  • Wide Toe Box – yet redesigned to fit women’s feet – means you will have to order 1/2 a size bigger for a more comfortable fit.
  • Shock-absorbing rubber  sole
  • Lightweight
  • Zero drop platform

2. ASICS Women’s Gel-Nimbus 24 Running And Training Shoes

This Nimbus 24 is the latest of the Asics Nimbus range, and I have myself a pair. Nimbus 24 brings much more advanced features compared to Nimbus 23.

Desirable Features

  • FF Blast Plus technology offers better cushioning without the added weight
  • Wide Toe Box
  • Gel technology
  • Lightweight
  • Stability


3. JOOMRA Women’s Minimalist Trail Running Barefoot Shoes  With Wide Toe Box

Can You Run With Morton's Neuroma

Desirable Features 

  • Wide Toe Box
  • Comfortable
  • Lightweight
  • Super affordable!


Best Running Shoes For Morton’s Neuroma In Men

1. ALTRA Men’s ALM1937F Torin 4 Road Running Shoe

Can You Run With Morton's Neuroma

Most Desirable Features

  • Wide toe box
  • Altras are Shaped like a human foot! – this allows your feet to rest naturally inside of the shoe


2. Nike Men’s Air Zoom Pegasus 34 Running Shoe

Can You Run With Morton's Neuroma

Most Desirable Features 

  • Great support
  • Removable insoles
  • Wide fit
  • Lightweight
  • Breathable



So, can you run with Morton’s Neuroma?

Yes, you can!

  • With permission from your Doctor
  • If your pain is not severe
  • If you take good care of your feet
  • Make sure you wear the right shoe.
  • Most Important; don’t overdo it!

Happy running!

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