Is one of your toes abnormally long? Most people who have a longer second toe (next to your big toe) or other lesser toes suffer with the difficult task of finding footwear that fits properly and may eventually develop structural deformities.
If you’re unhappy about the length of one or more of your toes, you have options. Toe shortening is a relatively quick procedure that will give you permanent results.
Am I a Candidate for Toe Shortening?
Our feet play an important role in our daily lives. Whether the length of your toes is causing you significant pain, or you simply feel they are unattractive, toe shortening may be the right choice for you.
The best candidates are healthy and possess realistic expectations. We will be able to determine if toe shortening is right for you following a clinical evaluation.
What Happens During Toe Shortening Surgery?
Generally speaking, toe shortening is an outpatient procedure that will require a general or local anesthetic combined with sedation. The procedure is usually completed in less than an hour.
Using a specialized instrument, your surgeon will remove a portion of bone from your toe. Pins will be placed to hold it in place during recovery. Additionally, some skin will be removed and repositioned over your toe.
After Toe Shortening
Recovery times vary, but it should take at least three months to fully recover from surgery. It is likely that you will experience some pain and swelling. A combination of pain medication and ice packs will help mitigate this discomfort.
You will need to wear a special shoe to protect your toe during the healing process. You may also need crutches to help you get around during the first few weeks, but most patients are able to walk normally after about four weeks.
Scheduling Your Appointment
If you’re considering toe shortening, contact Surgical Arts of Inland Empire at (909) 579-3111. We would be happy to discuss the risks and benefits of toe shortening in Rancho Cucamonga, CA.