Morton's neuroma advice for cyclists

Morton’s Neuroma Shoes – The Good, The Bad & The Terrible






Altra Zero-Drop Trainers can improve Morton's neuroma symptoms.









Avoid wearing thin soles flip-flops with Morton's neuroma




High Heels Morton's Neuroma

The Good

Zero degree shoes, such as the footwear brand 'Altra' are an excellent choice of shoe, especially if you are a runner suffering with a Morton’s neuroma.  Most running shoes lift the heel of the foot around 1-2 cm higher than the forefoot. The lift of the heel increases the forces on the forefoot that cause Morton’s neuroma by 3-4 times.

Running shoes such as Altra and Hocka have a ‘Zero drop’ or 'Zero-Degree Heel'. This means that the heel of the foot and the toes are literally on the same level. Zero-Drop shoes are beneficial for Morton's neuroma sufferers due to the reduction of the forces on forefoot caused by the heel of the foot being higher than the toes.

Shoes with a positive heel raise the heel above the forefoot and push the pad of fat tissue that protects the metatarsal heads and inter-metatarsal nerves forwards. This exposes the nerves to increased compressional forces making Morton’s neuroma more likely.



The Bad

If you are on a rocky beach this summer think twice about wearing flip flops.

Thin flip flops are often 'Zero-Drop', which as we know is beneficial for Morton's neuroma. However, the toe-post that slots between your toes can compress the 2nd and 3rd metatarsal together, making developing Morton’s neuroma in this region more likely.  Thin-soled flip flops also offer little protection from protruding objects underfoot, such as rocks and stones.

Try to remember, the nerves in the forefoot are actually very close to the ground. Sometimes the nerves in the forefoot can be injured by walking on sharp rocks or stones, and such injuries can progress in to Morton’s neuroma.



The Terrible!

Studies that measure peak pressures in the feet (plantar pressures) show that, in a flat shoe only 28% of the body’s weight runs through mid-foot region (where Morton’s neuroma form). However, this increases to a staggering 66% of body weight in a high heel.

Not only do the high heels increase plantar pressures they also are tight in the toe box, crushing the contents of your midfoot together, this crushing action is also responsible for Morton’s neuroma formation.

High heels can cause changes to the feet that can trigger Morton’s neuroma even when you aren’t wearing them. This is because regular use of high heels causes a shortening of your Achilles tendon and overtime time can alter the position of your lumbar spine (lumbar lordosis). Unfortunately, both of these issues also increase forefoot plantar pressures and can aggravate Morton’s neuroma.

Mortons Neuroma Festive Period Appointments

Festive Period Appointments

The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year… To Have Cryosurgery!


A lot of our patients find that Christmas and New Year is the ideal time to come for clinic for treatment. It’s a wonderful time to visit out London Clinic, and our Sheffield Clinic is very close to one of the UK’s best shopping Centre’s, Meadowhall. We have appointments available around the festive period, so it’s never been a better time to make use of your annual leave!

London Appointments:

Friday 8th December (~Fully Booked)

Sheffield Appointments:

Friday 1st December (Fully Booked)

Wednesday 6th December (Fully Booked)
Thursday 7th December  (Fully Booked)

Wednesday 13th December (Very Limited – 1 Appointment remaining)
Thursday 14th December (Fully Booked)
Friday 15th December (Fully Booked)

Wednesday 20th December (Fully Booked)
Thursday 21st December
Friday 22nd December (Limited Availability)

Mortons Neuroma International Patients

International Patients

The closest… or the best?

Map of The Barn Clinic - Cryosurgery Patients

We see patients from all corners of the globe, including:

  • Republic of Ireland
  • United States of America (CA, MN, NY, FL)
  • Canada
  • France
  • Spain
  • Germany
  • Belgium
  • Netherlands
  • Denmark
  • Switzerland
  • Finland
  • Sweden
  • Greece
  • Cyprus
  • Hungary
  • Latvia
  • Turkey
  • South Africa
  • Uganda
  • United Arab Emirates
  • China
  • Malaysia
  • Thailand
  • Australia (NSW, V, WA)

We are happy to assist with travel arrangements, hotel bookings, travel advice and medical terminology specific translators for your appointments.

All of our FAQ’s have been translated into our other languages, so you can get the information you need!

Christmas Availability Mortons Neuroma

Christmas Availabilty

Christmas is fast approaching, and for a lot of people, it’s a great time to relax and recharge! Many people take advantage of this break from work to arrange their Cryosurgery and allow for extra recovery time.

If this is something that you feel work  well for you, please see our availability below. (We will be updating this information daily – please book early to avoid disappointment)

Our remaining December availability is as follows:

  • Tuesday 20th December (FULLY BOOKED) – SHEFFIELD
  • Wednesday 21st December (FULLY BOOKED) – SHEFFIELD
  • Thursday 22nd December (Limited) – SHEFFIELD
Our clinic shutdown period is from the 23rd December – 3rd January. Appointments in the new year will commence from Tuesday 3rd January.
Merry Christmas, and Happy New Year from the entire Barn Clinic team.


Mortons Neuroma Footpain

Morton’s Neuroma and Other Causes of Cycling Foot Pain

With the rise in popularity of cycling since the success of British riders in the Tour de France and Rio Olympics, the number of cycling related forefoot problems we’ve seen at The Barn Clinic has increased.

This is no great surprising considering cycling requires the transfer of power from the legs in a ‘piston like’ motion through the pedals. The resultant compressional forces can detrimentally affect the delicate nerves in the forefoot resulting in burning, tingling and numbness in the forefoot.

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Mortons Neuroma Tennis Pain

Don’t Let Morton’s Neuroma Ruin Your Tennis Season!

It’s that time of year again when Wimbledon takes over and the UK catches a case of the annual tennis bug.

Wimbledon finalist Milos Raonic has famously been suffering with Morton’s neuroma, so we think a huge ‘congratulations’ is in order for him overcoming his neuroma, and bagging second place at Wimbledon.

But what if you’ve not been as lucky as Mr. Raonic, and your Morton’s neuroma is holding you back from getting back onto the courts? Well, at The Barn Clinic we know tennis (and we LOVE tennis). Having treated a Wimbledon Men’s Champion, we like to think we’re pretty knowledgeable about the unique strains and requirements that tennis places on our feet.

Of course everyone’s heard of tennis elbow, but you might be surprised to learn that the most common tennis injuries are related to the foot and ankle.

Here are our top tips for managing that Morton’s neuroma pain and keeping your feet comfortable during tennis season.

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