What is the difference between Rothbarts Foot and Morton's Foot?
In 1997,I reported that Morton's Foot and Rothbarts Foot appeared to be the same foot structure. However, after years of further research, it has become apparent that Morton's Foot and Rothbarts Foot are two entirely different foot structures:
- Morton's Foot, not to be confused with Morton's Neuroma (a nerve tumor), is a relatively uncommon foot structure in which the big toe is more than 2mm shorter than the second toe. It is treated by using an extension pad extending from the 1st metatarsal head, past the big toe (see bottom photo right). For more information on this foot structure, go to Dudley Joy Morton.
- Rothbarts Foot - is a relatively common foot structure in which, when the foot is placed in its anatomical neutral (correct) position, the big toe is elevated relative to the second toe, but not shorter than the second toe. It is treated using Rothbart ProprioceptiveTherapy. For information on treating this foot structure, go to my patient website, What is Rothbart Proprioceptive Therapy.
It is very important to determine which foot structure you are dealing with before therapy is initiated. The Morton's Foot is treated very differently than the Rothbarts Foot:
- Morton's foot is treated using an extension pad underneath the big toe and 1st metatarsal head.
- Rothbarts foot is treated using Rothbart Proprioceptive Therapy and specific proprioceptive insoles that are prescribed only after having run numerous tests and analyses to determine the patient's exact needs.
Rothbart BA 2009. Morton's Foot or Rothbarts Foot. Are They the Same? Podiatry Review, Vol 66(3):6-9.
Chronic Pain Elimination Specialist
Discovered the Rothbarts Foot and the PreClinical Clubfoot Deformity
Developer of Rothbart Proprioceptive Therapy
Designer of Rothbart Proprioceptive Insoles
Founder of International Academy of Rothbart Proprioceptive Therapy
Author of Forever Free From Chronic Pain
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