JAWS Podiatry is proud to offer multiple options for toe surgery, including aesthetic toe-shortening surgery, toe-straightening surgery as well as toe-lengthening surgery.
More information on our aesthetic toe surgical options and procedures is available below. Have a question or can’t find what you’re looking for? Give us a call at (954) 922-7333 and speak with one of our foot experts today!
Aesthetic Toe-Shortening Surgery
Excessively long lesser toes are a relatively common deformity and typically pose a cosmetic concern for women more often than men. Commonly the longest toe that hangs off the edge of an open toed shoe is the 2nd digit, which is adjacent to the big toe. Normally, the big toe is roughly equal in the length to the 2nd and possibly 3rd, followed by the 4th and 5th to create what is known as a parabola. A small percentage of the population suffers from a disruption of this parabola leading to this unsightly condition, as well as shoe fitting problems.
The aesthetic appearance of the toe often leads to its own array of psychological and social issues. Aside from being simply a cosmetically displeasing deformity, this condition can result in further deformity and deterioration of the toe. Because the longest toe suffers from repetitive micro-trauma in closed shoes, the most common result is a hammertoe contracture of the toe and bending of the tip of the toe with most of the weight-bearing occurring at the tip rather than the fatty bottom of the toe.
As a result, the nail suffers constant damage and often becomes darkened and thickened from possible fungal infection or micro-trauma. The joints on the dorsum (top) of the toe typically rub and become irritated from the top of the shoe, causing unsightly corns, blisters, scarring, pain and occasionally open wounds. There is no practical or long term method to manage this problem without surgery, especially if shoe fashion is a priority.
Aesthetic Toe-Straightening Surgery
Cosmetic foot surgery is usually driven by more than just vanity. Crooked or angular toes can cause discomfort and pain during normal activities such as walking or wearing certain shoes. Fortunately, you have options.
Toe straightening surgery can restore a natural appearance to your feet by correcting misaligned toes.
Aesthetic Toe-Lengthening Surgery
Abnormally short toes may be acquired as an adult or result from a congenital disorder. Isolated short toes can be embarrassing and lead to functional problems later in life. Isolated short toes can be a problem which is aesthetically displeasing and lead to many similar social and functional issues as with excessively long toes.
Depending on the cause, a procedure can be performed to improve the aesthetic appearance of the toe and restore its length. Because no two feet are alike, each patient deserves individualized attention and a procedure geared towards their specific situation and goals may be proposed. If you’re unhappy with the appearance of one or more of your toes, we can help.