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

External Fixator

This procedure 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. It works much like braces do as they slowly straighten crooked teeth.

Over 8–to–16 weeks, you’ll gradually and painlessly turn the device 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 approximately 40 days.

During this time, you can stand 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.  

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