Toe shortening surgery, also known as toe reduction surgery, is a surgical procedure that involves removing a portion of a toe in order to make it shorter. This procedure is typically performed to improve the appearance of the toes or to address functional issues, such as difficulty fitting into shoes or problems with balance or gait.
There are several different techniques that can be used for toe shortening surgery, depending on the specific needs and goals of the patient. The most common technique involves making an incision in the toe and removing a small portion of the bone. The skin and other soft tissues are then closed over the shortened bone.
Toe shortening surgery is typically performed on an outpatient basis, under local anesthesia or intravenous sedation. The procedure usually takes about an hour to complete, and patients can usually return home the same day.
After the surgery, patients may experience some pain and swelling in the affected toe. To help manage these symptoms, the doctor may prescribe pain medication and recommend keeping the foot elevated and applying ice to the affected area. Most patients are able to return to their normal activities within a few weeks, although it may take several months for the toe to fully heal and for the incision to completely close.
As with any surgical procedure, there are risks associated with toe shortening surgery, including infection, nerve damage, and scarring. It is important to discuss the benefits and risks of the procedure with a qualified healthcare provider and to carefully follow their instructions for post-operative care in order to minimize the risk of complications.
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