Finding Relief From Forefoot Pain
Posted on Mar 06, 2021

Pain in the toes and balls of your feet is as common as pain in your heel and midfoot. Today, we’re looking at common causes of forefoot pain and how you can find relief with our Palmer flip flop!


Several different conditions could be affecting your forefoot. Here are a few of the ones you may hear about the most:

Morton’s Neuroma

Morton’s neuroma results due to thickened tissue that surrounds the nerve at the base of the toes.

This excess thickness can create extra pressure on the sensitive nerve, thus causing pain that radiates out into the toes and balls of the feet.

This typically affects middle-aged women, and it is felt most often between the third and fourth toes.

Hallux Rigidus

Hallux rigidus, also sometimes referred to as ‘hallux limitus,’ is marked by the development of spurs at the base joint of the great toe.

This makes the toe painful, stiff, and difficult to move.


Bunions are bony formations that develop on the outside of the big toe.

This can cause the big toe to point inward and even cross over the toe next to it.

This most often occurs due to genetics, wearing ill-fitting shoes, or injury.

Bunions can be painful and make it difficult to find comfortable, non-irritating footwear.


A hammertoe, formed by injury or wearing ill-fitting footwear, is an irregular bend at the middle joint of the toes.

This abnormality causes the toe to crimp and point downwards.

This condition can be painful and cause difficulty moving, and it can also lead to the development of callouses.


Remember – it is always best to consult with a professional regarding your pain.

These are only a few of the many conditions that can cause forefoot pain, and several of them present with similar symptoms.

It is very easy to misdiagnose your condition when you leave things up to self-diagnosis.

Schedule an appointment with your personal physician, podiatrist, or orthopedic surgeon to determine the cause of your pain and find the best treatment methods for relief!


Our Palmer flip flop is designed to be the answer to forefoot pain.

This style features a neutral toe design, or a perfectly level toe bed, unlike our original Healing Sole flip flop. This is purposeful, and here’s why –

If you are experiencing pain in the forefoot, or the area including your toes and the balls of your feet, any additional height may put extra pressure on this already sensitive area.

By keeping this area flat, those with conditions affecting their forefeet – like Morton’s neuroma, hallux rigidus, or general toe pain – can find relief and success with our design!

This means that you can still experience all the goodness of our arch support, rocker bottom sole, and inner heel compression.

While it may seem like a small feature, we also like to give you options – which is why we offer our Palmer flip flop in four color variations:

  • Our original black with neoprene straps
  • our black with velvety Leopard straps
  • our Dusty Rose neoprene
  • and our brand new Lunar Grey neoprene!

You can find success with our design, whether your pain is in the forefoot, the heel, or the arch.

Order relief for yourself today!