Abnormally short toes may be acquired as an adult or may also result from a congenital disorder. Isolated short toes can be embarrassing for a person and may lead to functional problems later on in life.
If you’re unhappy with the appearance of one or more of your toes, we can help achieve a more balanced and proportional look for your feet. At Surgical Arts of the Inland Empire, we specialize in a variety of cosmetic podiatry procedures, including toe lengthening surgery.
Am I a Candidate for Toe Lengthening?
If you are unhappy with the look of your toes because one or more of them appear too short in length, our team of podiatry experts can help. You may be a good candidate for toe lengthening if:
- You have Brachymetatarsia, a genetic condition that prevents one of your toes from growing full size (If it affects more than one toe, the condition is called brachymetapody).
- You've previously had hammer toe surgery and your toe was shortened more than necessary.
What Happens During Toe Lengthening Surgery?
Toe lengthening surgery is an outpatient procedure that will require either general or local anesthesia combined with sedation.
Using a specialized instrument, your Southern California cosmetic surgeon will safely cut your toe and place an implant or bone graft in between the two ends. The extensor tendons and the surrounding skin will also be surgically lengthened to accommodate your repaired toe.
Toe Lengthening Results and Recovery
You may experience mild pain or discomfort throughout the initial healing. A combination of medication and ice packs will help to alleviate some of your discomfort.
Recovery times vary between patients, depending on the extent of your procedure. In most cases, you will need to keep weight off your repaired toe for up to three months. Once three months have passed, you will need to wear a special lace up shoe for an additional six weeks or so.
As bruising and swelling subsides, you will notice a new, more balanced look of your toes and feet.
Scheduling Your Appointment
If you’re considering toe lengthening, contact Surgical Arts of Inland Empire at (909) 579-3111. We would be happy to discuss the risks and benefits of toe lengthenin with our Board Certified Podiatry Surgeong in Rancho Cucamonga, CA.
Service areas include: Corona, Chino Hills, Riverside, Newport Beach, Rancho Cucamonga, Upland, Victorville and Hesperia, California.