Toe Shortening and Toe Lengthening Surgery – New Cosmetic Foot Surgery Procedures

Who would have known that this is such a common problem for both women and men?  The most common name used in public is the classic “hammertoe”, but in reality, a long toe that is pushed back into the foot with a shoe that is too short will bend upward at the toe joint to form the quintessential hammer toe position.

This patient had a unique presentation – not only a short 3rd toe, but the 4th was also a little longer (the end was rubbing on her dress shoes) than usual in comparison to the 5th toe.

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As you can see on the x-rays, it’s really a short bone (proximal phalanx) at the base of the third toe on both feet.

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New surgical equipment and ‘toe spacers’ are available to lengthen the 3rd toes and then a simple bone resection and absorbable pin placement on the 4th left toe was utilized to get the proper length and aesthetic line of all four toes after the surgery.

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The final x-ray shows the work and outcome described above.

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The sutures are removed at 2 weeks and incisions will be healed and ready to return to shoes shortly after.

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Below is the surgical technique – WARNING graphic material.

The procedure is performed with a tourniquet to prevent blood loss as well as to maximize the best visualization of structures during this technique.

 

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