Morton’s neuroma taping can instantly relieve pain. It involves fixing a pad or metatarsal raise under your forefoot to relieve pressure on the nerve. Here we explain how to appy tape in three simple steps.
How to tape for Morton’s neuroma
The aim of this taping is to reduce the pressure on the painful nerve with a roll of 2.5cm or 1-inch nonstretch zinc oxide tape and a small piece of padding.
- Cut a teardrop shape pad from foam padding approximately 2 to 3 cm in size depending on foot size.
- Some forms of padding for use in sports taping are sticky on one side. The makes them easier to secure under the foot.
- Apply just under the painful area where the nerve is being pinched.
- Secure the pad with a strip of 2.5cm nonstretch zinc oxide tape to the foot.
- It is important that when you tape for morton’s neuroma the tape is not so tight around the forefoot that it restricts normal foot expansion when walking.
- It may be a good idea to apply the tape partially around the foot so the two ends do not meet at the top of the foot. Spreading the toes slightly when applying can also help avoid applying the tape too tightly around the foot.
Step 3 Morton’s neuroma taping
- Repeat the strips of tape twice more around the forefoot to ensure the teardrop-shaped pad is completely covered and has secured the pad in place.
- Morton’s neuroma taping works best when you put a sock on over the tape to further secure it. Then try and walk on the foot.
- The tape and pad should be felt under the forefoot and have the effect of spreading the metatarsals.
- If the tape is too tight then the forefoot may be compressed and pain would be increased rather than relieved.
- Owens R, Gougoulias N, Guthrie H et al. Morton’s neuroma: clinical testing and imaging in 76 feet, compared to a control group. Foot Ankle Surg 2011;17(3):197–200.