Brachymetatarsia is a condition in which one of the five long bones of the foot (the metatarsals) is abnormally short, resulting in a shortened toe. It is also referred to as short toe, short metatarsal, small toe, stubby toe, short fourth toe, and short toe syndrome. 

Whatever you call it, you are anxious to get it fixed and get back to your normal life. The good news is that after completion of the toe-lengthening process, most patients usually only need a few months to fully recover. Every patient is different and, depending on how well your new bone develops, Dr. K will let you know when you are cleared to resume normal activities, including wearing high heels and participating in sports.