Neuromas: Conventional vs. Natural Approaches

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April 16 2015
Josie Reside

Curious about your thoughts on the Newton running shoes. I have been dealing with plantar fasciitis and also possibly some Achilles issues. My chiro also thinks I have a Morton’s neuroma due to a symptom of numbness in my forefoot, particularly when running, and also on occasion the feeling of a pebble in the middle of my forefoot, below the toes, but that is sporadic. I went from a shoe with an 8 mm drop to a 4 mm drop. Is that good enough or should I be looking at zero drop?

April 16 2015
Natural Footgear

Hi, Josie,

Thank you for your message. We can’t comment on the specifics of your injuries without a full medical history and in person examination). We can tell you, however, that it’s very important for running shoes to provide enough space in the toe box to allow your toes to splay. Tapering toe boxes, as well as toe spring, are a leading cause of plantar fasciosis. To our knowledge, Newton running shoes have both of these characteristics.

Moving forward, we’d recommend reading the following articles. Each provides comprehensive information that might be helpful for you.

Plantar Fasciosis:

Definition of a Healthy Shoe:

Feel free to contact us at with any other questions!

Kind Regards,
Andrew Potter

May 24 2015
donna prawdzik

If I have a neuroma in the left foot must i wear a metatarsal pad in the right?

June 14 2015
Natural Footgear

Greetings, Donna,

Thank you for your inquiry. In our experience, we have found that metatarsal pads are best used on both feet simultaneously, and that they are useful for a number of purposes (above and beyond helping to address foot neuromas):

I hope this information is helpful. Wishing you all the best in addressing the health of your feet!

Sarah K. Schuetz

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