Dr. Alireza Khosroabadi
World renowned foot surgeon helping patients find relief from all types of foot pain.

Khosroabadi Institute's Successful Brachymetatarsia (Short Toe) Procedure

Here’s what you should know about Dr. K.’s brachymetatarsia surgical options. 

External Fixator

This procedure works much like braces do as they slowly straighten crooked teeth. It involves making a small incision and attaching a bone-stretching device—known as an external fixator—to the short toe bone to help lengthen it. 

Over the next couple of months, you’ll gradually and painlessly turn the device at home until the toe is gently stretched to the appropriate length. The bone is usually lengthened .5 mm per day, but that varies. For example, if your toe was 5 centimeters short, the lengthening would take about 40 days.

During this time, you can stand and move about with the help of crutches. 

One-Stage Bone Graft Lengthening

Another option is when Dr. K. cuts the short toe bone in half and inserts a graft between the two portions of the bone. After a few weeks, the bone graft heals and becomes part of the original toe bone. The lengthening is done at once and can’t be changed after surgery. 

Ready for a better solution to fix your short toe permanently? This testimonial may ring true for you: an extremely shortened fourth toe that simply stopped growing, causing endless blisters and pain. Learn how Dr. K.'s innovative techniques resolved the problem.