Toe Shortening Procedure

Toe Shortening Procedure

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If you have a long toe that’s been keeping you from fully enjoying your everyday activities and causing you discomfort, it might be time to consider the benefits of a toe shortening procedure. It’s an easy way to gain full confidence in your feet again.

What Is Toe Shortening Surgery?

This surgery is a minimally invasive procedure used to fix a very common foot deformity known as a long toe. 

How to Know You Need Toe Shortening Surgery

If you find that your toe, usually the one next to the big toe, is abnormally long compared to others, and it’s causing you a lot of discomfort, whether it may be just due to the appearance of your foot or it’s actually causing you pain and problems in everyday activities, you might be the perfect candidate for toe shortening surgery. 

How to Know You Need Toe Shortening Surgery

No matter if it’s purely for cosmetic reasons or you want to get rid of the discomfort and pain, toe shortening surgery is a very simple procedure that will have you feeling confident in your own feet again. 

How to Prepare for Toe Shortening Procedure

There is no special preparation needed before the procedure. However, you should still consult with your doctor, as they may advise you not to take any medication that may act as a blood thinner. 

How Does the Toe Shortening Procedure Go

The toe shortening procedure is a procedure where a surgeon will make a few small incisions in order to access the bone of the long toe and either remove part of (arthroplasty – joint resection) or an entire joint of toe in order to shorten it, leaving the bone to heal in a new alignment. 

The procedure is done under local anesthesia and only takes about 20 minutes from start to finish. Once it’s done, you will be discharged and free to go home. Once two weeks have passed, you will have your sutures taken out. 

Are There Some Potential Risks and Complications

Are There Some Potential Risks and Complications? 

Even though toe shortening is a routine procedure, every surgery carries a certain amount of risk, so here are some risks and complications you should be aware of: 

  • Pain,
  • Swelling,
  • Infection,
  • Slow healing of the bone and wound,
  • Nerve damage. 

How Long Is the Recovery Process?

Once the procedure is over, you’ll be walking straight away but will have to wear a surgical shoe for the next two to three weeks in order for the bone to heal properly. The overall recovery time varies from person to person, but it usually takes around six weeks for the toe to completely heal.

Give Your Miami Surgeon a Call and Schedule Toe Shortening Procedure

If you want to feel good in your skin again and you’re looking for a safe, reliable place to have the toe shortening procedure, contact us and schedule an appointment at Luxe Foot Surgery – our expert team will make sure you get the best care possible. 


Is Toe Shortening Surgery Painful?

No, toe surgery itself isn’t painful. It’s a minimally invasive procedure done under local anesthesia, so you shouldn’t feel anything during the procedure. However, you may experience some pain and discomfort during recovery.

Is Toe Shortening Safe?

Yes, toe shortening is a very common procedure, it has minimal side effects and risks, so it’s considered routine and safe.

Does Toe Shortening Reduce Shoe Size?

Since you will be reducing the length of your longest toe, your shoe size will also be reduced as a result of the procedure. In most cases, the shoe size reduces by a size or two. 



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