inexpensive shim in shoes helps reduce or elimiate knee  pain, hip pain, back pain, chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, sciaticaI belive this shim placed in all your shoes will help prevent knee surgery or hip surgery.  If you have knee pain, hip pain, neck pain, shoulder pain, or back pain this shim will probably help.

In an optimally structured foot, the first metatarsal should be the same length, or longer than the second metatarsal. Good balance and stability are achieved when the body’s weight is evenly distributed between the heel and the heads of the first and fifth

metatarsals. When the second metatarsal is too long, its head contacts the ground first and takes the full weight meant for the 1st and 5th metatarsals. Occasionally, the  first metatarsal may be hyper mobile instead of too short. I do not have the clinical credentials to determine if this is the case. If my foot turned either in or out, I would try the shim and see if it now tracks straight ahead. I am pretty sure, straight ahead trumps turned, when dealing with chronic pain symptoms. In either case, the result is like walking on ice skates. The ankle is unstable and is easily sprained.

The simplest and most cost effective way to deal with Morton’s toe is to place a shim under the head of the first metatarsal, (ball of the foot). The shim needs to cover the green area in the photo.


The most convenient shim material I have found is the felt pads used under furniture on hardwood floors. They have a self-adhesive back so are very easy to glue into place. Home Depot sells ““Surface Gard 4-1/4” x 6” Medium Duty pads for under $4.00. I have also cut and layered shims using a throw away inner tube (which can often be found for free at tire repair centers) glued together with rubber cement. I have also used Dr. Scholls “MoleFoam” (not MoleSkin).


If your shoes have a removable insole, stick the shims underneath the insole at the “dimple” made by the ball of your foot.  Make sure the pad does not extend into the area of the second metatarsal.  If your shoes do not have a removable insert, then glue the shim on top of the insole at the same “ball of the foot” dimple.


 People frequently have pain and a callus under the head of the second metatarsal because it is sticking down more than the others. A soft pad is often prescribed to be placed over the callus. That is exactly the wrong thing to do. The 2nd metatarsal head already sticks down too much. This extra pad, in exactly the wrong place, will usually make your chronic pain and foot pain worse.


Remember to put the shim in all of your shoes, including house slippers. You will discover that your feet instantly walk straight

Shim must be under the ball of the foot behind the big toe, Green Area on this foot.Wearing this shim in all your shoes well help reduce hip pain, knee pain, sciatica, neck pain, shoulder pain knee surgery hip surgery

ahead instead of turned in or out. It is clear to me that “straight ahead” must be better than “out to the side”. You will “turn” your ankles much less frequently and your overall perception of pain will start to diminish or go away entirely.  Add a psoas stretch and core (abdominal) strengthening exercises and your pelvis should fairly quickly return to a more normal position. Massage therapy results and chiropractic adjustments will generally last much longer.


Morton’s toe is a congenital condition. If you have it, chances are that one or both of your parents and your siblings have it. If they also suffer from any of the symptoms listed in the front of this pamphlet it is worth checking to see if they have it. Tell them about the magic pain reducing $4.00 fix, or refer them to this website.


In my opinion, the best corrective therapy for most Myofascial pain is using the shim in conjunction with Medical Massage from a knowledgeable therapist.  A chiropractic adjustment is often also in order. You can also self treat. I suggest reading “The Trigger Point Therapy Workbook” written by Clair Davies. He has simplified Travell and Simons’s extensive research and made it accessible to the layman. His methods of self-applied trigger point massage will relieve pain anywhere in the body when trigger points are the cause. I also suggest using a “TheraCane” or any one of the variations.


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