Cause and Cure For Brachymetatarsia


There are two causes for brachymetatarsia: genetic or situational, meaning that you can be born with it or it can be induced by premature closure in the metatarsal growth plate due to trauma. The issue presents itself as a condition in which one of the five long bones of the foot (the metatarsals) is abnormally short, resulting in a shortened toe. There are few treatment options, however, the success rate at Khosroabadi Institute suggests that a viable cure for brachymetatarsia is in Dr.K’s trademarked Brachymetatarsia (Short Toe) Procedure.

What is Dr.K’s trademarked Brachymetatarsia (Short Toe) Procedure?

If Dr. K decides that a patient is a good candidate for the first type of surgery, he makes a small incision and attaches a bone-stretching device (external fixator) to the short toe bone. Over the next few weeks, the patient gradually and painlessly turns the external fixator (at home) until the toe is gently stretched to the appropriate length.
This works much like braces do when they slowly straighten crooked teeth. This method gives the patient more control of how much he/she can lengthen the bone. During this time period, the patient can stand on their foot with crutches.

If Dr. K decides that the patient is a good candidate for the second type of surgery (one stage bone graft lengthening), he makes a slightly bigger incision, cuts the toe bone in half and places an appropriate size bone graft in between the two halves of the toe bone.

After a few weeks, the bone graft heals and becomes part of the toe bone. This method requires a surgeon, like Dr. K, who is extremely experienced because all the lengthening is done at once and cannot be changed after surgery.

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