How Fast To Lengthen A Brachymetatarsia?


If you’re wondering what it takes to lengthen a Brachymetatarsia, aka short toe, it depends on two factors – the age of the patient and the severity of the deformity. For the most part, post-treatment, because you are generating new bone this time period can vary, but usually, the external fixation is removed between 8 -16 weeks.

How To Treat A Brachymetatarsia

For patients with a severe short toe, Dr. K offers two treatment options.

  1. External Fixator: 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.
  2. Bone Graft Lengthening: 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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